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Joseph Aamidor is an experienced product leader and expert in smart buildings, real estate technology and facility operations. He provides product and market strategy guidance to building owners/operators, established building management firms, technology providers, investors, and early-stage innovators. Previously, he served as Director of Product at Lucid Design Group and was a product manager at Johnson Controls. He is an internationally recognized speaker and a frequent contributor to leading industry publications such as Propmodo, Greentech Media, Built Worlds and CRE Tech. Joseph Aamidor graduated from Indiana University’s top-ranked School of Public and Environment Affairs.
General Partner & Co-Founder
Zach Aarons is an award-winning PropTech investor, best selling author, professor, and speaker who has been a pioneering thought leader at the forefront of real estate technology for over a decade. In 2010, while working as a Project Manager for internationally renowned large scale mixed-use real estate developer Millennium Partners, Zach began investing in early-stage PropTech companies, quickly becoming the most active angel investor in the space with over 50 portfolio companies. In 2015, Zach parlayed his experiences in the real estate and technology sectors to found MetaProp, devoting his career to the mission of utilizing technology to make real estate more affordable, accessible, sustainable, and resilient. Since founding MetaProp, Zach and his team have invested in 110 PropTech companies.
CEO & Co-Founder
Abbey grew up in the slums of Lagos, Nigeria, and came to the United States when he was 17 years old. He and his mother struggled to receive a loan without a credit score and borrowed money from a payday lender at over 400% interest. Years later, that experience inspired Abbey and his co-founder to start Esusu, a financial technology company that helps low- to moderate-income households use their on-time rent payments to build credit.
Esusu’s platform provides rent reporting, property management analytics, and rental assistance to unlock financial access and stability for renters and property owners. Most recently, Esusu was valued at $1 billion in their Series B round of fundraising.
Although Esusu was founded in 2018, Abbey’s journey as an entrepreneur did not begin there. Prior to Esusu, he created a global social venture which provided affordable access to clean water for over 250,000 people in eight emerging countries. In addition, he founded data analytics company Open Aid Initiative which was acquired in 2014. Abbey’s early career includes roles at Accenture, Goldman Sachs, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
CEO & Founder
Michelle was featured in Forbes as a Top Woman in NFT and named one of Top 16 Most Influential Women in NFTs for her accomplishments. She is the founder of Web3 Equity, an educational company to onboard and empower more women to engage in web3 as investors, collectors, creators and builders. In partnership with Mayor Francis Suarez and the Venture Miami team she launched an NFT collection called the Tuttle Tribe, with over 1300 community members on the platform. She envisioned, organized and executed the premier NFT conference held during Miami Art Week attracting over 4,000 attendees.
CEO & Co-Founder
Shir Abecasis is the Co-Founder and CEO of FIRMUS, an AI startup in construction technology providing a pre-construction comprehensive platform applying artificial intelligence and computer vision technology to proactively address potential project delays, mitigate cost overruns, and streamline collaboration across general contractors, developers, architects, and engineers. Prior to founding FIRMUS, Shir gained her 13+ years of experience leading technology operations at the Israeli elite military’s 8200 intelligence unit, often referred to as Israel’s NSA, and leading BI firms.
Second Century Ventures
CRO & Co-Founder
Dafna is a 12+ year veteran in the real estate investment, development, management, and construction industries. Before assuming the role of Veev’s Chief Revenue Officer, she oversaw day-to-day operations and drove a number of company-scaling initiatives as Chief Operating Officer. Her work enhanced the company’s operating systems, processes, and procedures to improve the home experience and drive efficiencies.
Public Buildings Service (GSA)
Nina M. Albert serves as the Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service (PBS) at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).
As PBS Commissioner, she manages the nationwide asset management, design, construction, leasing, building management and disposal of approximately 371 million square feet of government-owned and leased space across the United States and six territories.
Albert brings 20 years of experience in public real estate disposition, public-private partnership negotiations, economic revitalization, and sustainable development to GSA. Albert most recently served as Vice President of Real Estate and Parking at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), where she managed a multi-billion dollar real estate portfolio.
CEO & Co-Founder
Jordan Allen is CEO & Co-Founder of Doorsey, today’s online platform set to improve the home buying offer process. Jordan and his team are on a mission to remove friction in the home buying process – enabling buyers, sellers, and their agents to submit, compare as well as manage offers in real-time, in one place amidst a predetermined bidding period. A known entrepreneur, Allen was previously CEO & Founder, Stay Alfred, a hospitality platform that served more than one million guests. Jordan is a former U.S. airborne ranger and captain. He resides in Spokane, Washington with his wife and three kids.
CEO & Co-Founder
Serene Almomen, Ph.D. is the CEO and co-founder of Senseware. In building Senseware from the ground up, Almomen found a niche group of building owners, engineers, and energy consultants that were all at a disadvantage by not having wireless, instant access to real-time facility operational & sustainability data. Almomen worked to provide these folks with a modern IoT-enabled technological solution and today over 3TB of real time sensor data around energy, water, indoor air quality is processed through Senseware. Serene has received 12 patents and named as one of the Forbes 50 list of women-led startups who crush tech.
COO & Co-Founder
Carey Armstrong is co-founder and chief operating officer of Tomo, the start-up that’s changing everything about mortgage. Tomo was founded in 2020 and has raised $110 million in Seed and Series A capital. At Tomo, Carey leads the product and operations teams. Before co-founding Tomo, Carey was VP of Premier Agent, Zillow’s flagship homebuyer business. Prior to Zillow, Carey was a consultant with BCG and Forrester.
CEO & Founder
Mr. Au is an active member of the Coalition for Better Housing, San Francisco Apartment Association, Bay Area Council, and the National Multi Housing Council. He was named Multifamily Executive Magazine (MFE)’s 2017 Executive of the Year and received the 2018 Spirit of Life Award for philanthropy and community service by the Real Estate Committee of the City of Hope cancer research hospital.
CEO & Co-Founder
Roni is the co-founder and CEO of Nabr, a first-of-its-kind direct to consumer urban housing company. Roni was an early executive at WeWork, where he launched its development division and digital project delivery platform. He set the course for the brand’s global expansion to 800 locations, thereby helping to define the then-emergent category of co-working. Roni also launched a number of new divisions for WeWork, including its Enterprise division, which works with Fortune 500 companies and is WeWork’s largest revenue producer today. Prior to WeWork Roni co-founded ECSD, an interior national glass partition company, which was acquired in 2017.
Lauren started her career at PwC. After PwC, she joined a consulting firm and assisted companies navigate complex technical accounting matters and streamline monthly close processes. She currently is the VP of Finance at Occupier, a lease management software company. Lauren is passionate about collaborating with others to optimize solutions and creating win-wins for every stakeholder in the process.
CEO & Founder
Jim is CEO of Domatic. He has built a career as a technology leader, from Apple, where he developed Firewire; 3DO, where he built silicon for its gaming platform; WebTV, where he built a series of products merging the web and television experiences; Microsoft, where as CTO, Television, he created the first successful IPTV system; and Intel, as VP of the Digital Home Group. Jim now brings his skills as an engineering leader to the built world, creating Domatic’s innovative plug-and-play building power and automation system, saving builders time and money while creating better experiences for owners and occupants.
SVP & Chief Technology Officer
David Ballard serves as Senior Vice President, Enterprise Efficiency and Chief Technology Officer for Douglas Elliman Inc and Vector Group LTD. Mr. Ballard has 30 years of experience driving innovative change in various industries, primarily focused on financial services and software startup companies. Prior to joining Douglas Elliman Inc. and Vector Group, Mr. Ballard held executive C level leadership roles in financial services firms such as AIG, Cetera Financial Services and Ladenburg Thalmann, and as President and COO of Docupace Technologies.
Chief Innovation Officer
Turner Construction Company
As Turner’s Chief Innovation Officer, Jim leads the research, development, and deployment of cutting-edge processes and technologies in support of the company’s strategies and vision. He has a passion for identifying and cultivating ideas for improvement that benefit our people, clients, and partners. Since joining Turner 28 years ago, Jim has held various positions and has served as Manager of several Turner divisions. Jim was instrumental in the company’s adoption, development, and implementation of BIM, Virtual Design & Construction, and lean construction.
Corporate Development Manager
Alfonso, architect and MBA, is currently Head of Business Development at Sencorp, one of Latin America’s top real estate developers. Since joining Sencorp 16 years ago, Alfonso has acted as project manager and architect, leading design, business development, innovation and sustainability for a wide range of projects. Today, he focuses on institutional level deals and is in charge of US expansion through Sencorp’s new JV, Southwind Partners.
CEO & Founder
Thomas James Homes
As the Co-Founder and CEO of Thomas James Homes (TJH), Tommy oversees operations and leads the strategic direction of the firm’s portfolio. He has more than 20 years in the homebuilding industry across multiple disciplines, including management, business development, investor relations, research, analysis, and sales and marketing. He studied electrical and electronics engineering at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, business administration at Washington State University, and is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in California and Washington.
CEO & Co-Founder
Gary is CEO of Roofstock, a leading real estate investment marketplace which he co-founded in 2015. Gary has spent most of his career building businesses in the real estate, hospitality and tech sectors. After earning his BA in economics from Northwestern, Gary ventured west to earn his MBA from Stanford, where he caught the entrepreneurial bug and still serves as a regular guest lecturer. Previously Gary was instrumental in acquiring and integrating more than $800 million of resort properties for KSL Resorts, and spent five years as CFO of online brokerage pioneer ZipRealty, which he led through its successful IPO in 2004. Gary also served as CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, then the second largest boutique hotel management company in the country. Immediately before starting Roofstock, Gary led one of the largest single-family rental platforms in the U.S. through its IPO as co-CEO of Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust, now part of Invitation Homes.
Kyle Beatty is a Managing Director at American Family Ventures. Kyle specializes in investing in insurtech, SaaS, data analytics, and proptech startups. He collaborates with founding teams in the areas of market, product, and strategy to accelerate their time to market and increase the pace of their top line growth. Kyle synthesizes experiences as a founder with a prior public exit, public company leader with P&L / M&A responsibility, investor, and scientist. A former reinsurance executive, Kyle is a SME in (re)insurance, data monetization, computer vision, remote sensing, AI/ML, and natural disasters. He is particularly passionate about carbon removal and human longevity.
CEO & Co-Founder
Robyn has a track record of taking sophisticated climate and clean energy-related technical concepts and transforming them into commercially-oriented strategies that lead to impact, scale and results. She began her career in 2004 at Google in Mt View, CA, reporting directly to the co-founders working on strategic initiatives as they took the company public. Robyn went on to found Google's first business unit focused on incorporating clean energy generation across the company's global operations. In this capacity, she oversaw and catalyzed Google’s first clean energy initiatives, including large-scale clean energy procurement for data centers and the development and installation of a 1.7MW rooftop solar installation at the Mountain View HQ. Since then she has built, invested in, and raised $50M+ for new ventures and programs for Vestas Wind A/S in Copenhagen, Dean Kamen at DEKA R&D, and NRG Energy. Most recently she was an executive at Lennar Corp, where she built the firm’s first corporate venture platform while incubating Blueprint Power Technologies. Today, Robyn Beavers is the CEO and co-founder of Blueprint Power, a NYC-based real estate tech company that turns buildings into revenue-generating clean power plants. Robyn was named EY’s NY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2020. Robyn holds both a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an MBA from Stanford University.
Liza Benson is a Partner with Moderne Ventures and helps lead and manage investment activity with particular focus on high-growth technology companies that can achieve rapid adoption and scale. Moderne Ventures is an early stage investment fund and industry immersion program which is focused on investing in technology companies in and around the multi-trillion dollar industries of real estate, mortgage, finance, insurance and home services.
Prior to Moderne, Liza was a Partner with StarVest Partners, a $400M venture fund focused on expansion stage B2B SaaS investments. Previously, Liza was a Managing Director in the growth equity group at Highbridge Principals Strategies, a multi-billion asset manager. Before her experience at Highbridge, Liza was a Managing Director with Bear Stearns’ Constellation Growth Capital and an investment banker at Patricof & Co and First Union where she started her career.
CEO & Co-Founder
Aaron is Co-Founder and General Partner of Okeanos (formerly Riverbend Capital), a 100+ investor VC group funding across stage, sector and geography. CoFounder and CEO of HomeSlice.io, a proptech startup that is democratizing access to vacation homes while unlocking underutilized equity for existing homeowners.
Jeffrey Berman has more than two decades of experience and deeply rooted relationships in the start-up, real estate and venture capital ecosystems. Jeffrey is a General Partner at the world’s first proptech venture capital firm, Camber Creek, where he sources deal flow, leads due diligence, makes investment decisions and serves on the boards of numerous portfolio companies. Prior to Camber Creek, Jeffrey was a Principal at one of the Washington DC area’s largest privately held real estate development and management firms where he was involved with a number of large - scale repositioning projects such as University Town Center & Downtown at the Gardens. Jeffrey is also an active early stage investor backing more than a dozen startups including Side, Flex, Oxygen, Jackpocket, Kindbody and Rappi. He is a graduate of the Stern School of Business at New York University.
CEO & Founder
Growing up in San Diego County with a small granny flat rented out to help pay the bills, Caitlin saw for herself the many financial benefits ADUs provided her parents and the stability it brought to her young family. After sweeping legislation changes, she founded Maxable to help more families like hers reap the financial and social benefits of an ADU.
Albert Bou Fadel
CEO & Founder
Albert Bou Fadel is the Founder and CEO of SmartBarrel. Having been raised in the industry, Albert first started out in Construction working as a project manager on glass & glazing projects around the world. During that time, Albert oversaw the management of thousands of workers and had tested many different solutions to try to effectively track his employees and subcontractors. After speaking to other contractors who shared the same concerns, Albert realized how inefficient workforce tracking and employee time tracking was being handled by the construction industry. Most construction companies use solutions that lead to high risk and incurrence of unnecessary liability. With Albert’s drive for innovation and interest in solving this industry pain point, he was determined to find and build a solution that not only provided the highest level of accuracy to satisfy the needs of the office but would capture the heart of the field workers by building a field-friendly solution. After working with some of the top contractors across North America, Albert brought his vision to life and that’s how SmartBarrel was born.
CEO & Co-Founder
Elizabeth Braman has spent the past 16 years as a commercial real estate and proptech executive and entrepreneur. Most recently, she founded Revolution RE (formerly JoyHub), to provide apartment and rental property owners a data aggregation strategy with the ability to access information from any source, present critical insights and produce groundbreaking predictive operating models. Previously she was an executive at RealtyMogul, a series B stage commercial real estate fintech platform, and ReadyCap Commercial, a private equity backed commercial lending company. She began her career as a technology attorney and her first startup was sold to a publicly traded company.
CEO & Co-Founder
Khalief Brown is the CEO and Co-Founder of Renno, a home design platform that streamlines the renovation process for homeowners and contractors. Khalief has been working in the real estate industry for 10 years, primarily as a real estate agent, but has also worked with home builders, real estate investment firms, and proptech companies like Opendoor. In 2019, after seeing a family member go through a renovation nightmare, Khalief and his co-founder Ryan decided to start Renno. In 2021, Renno launched their website with an intuitive design planner, enabling homeowners to design their space and coordinate their renovation entirely online.
Volumetric Building Companies
Vaughan founded VBC in 2009. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to grow several multi-million dollar companies focused on modular construction to further vertically integrate the industry. Since VBC's founding, more than $1B in projects have been constructed utilizing modules designed, manufactured or assembled under Vaughan’s direction. Vaughan has received global awards for leadership & growth and augments his strategic visions with an MBA in International Business and a law degree.
CEO & Co-Founder
Patrick is the CEO and co-founder of Spruce, the proptech company powering online real estate transactions nationwide. Spruce has raised more than $110M from investors including Zigg Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, Scale Venture Partners, and Third Prime. Prior to founding Spruce in 2016, Patrick was a product manager at Betterment, the largest automated investment service with $20B under management. He holds an MA in Statistics from Yale, and a BA in Physics from Oxford.
CEO & Co-Founder
Maisha Burt is the Founder & CEO of WorkChew, a Proptech startup that turns hotels, empty office spaces, and restaurants into on-demand flexible workspaces. WorkChew connects remote workers to workspaces that support productivity, collaboration, and well-being. WorkChew exists to meet the rising demand from companies looking for agile workspace solutions as they roll out post-pandemic hybrid work models. Maisha is one of a shortlist of black women to raise millions at the forefront of the future of work, having raised $2.5M from notable investors including Harlem Capital, Wilshire Lane Partners, and Techstars Ventures. Maisha is dedicated to transforming the work environment of 1B remote workers by 2030. Maisha is a visionary, leading thought leader at the frontier of the future of work, having appeared in panels, conferences, blogs, and press articles. Her company WorkChew provides remote work solutions to Fortune 500 clients such as Comcast NBCUniversal and Cisco across the US.
CEO & Founder
Adam Carmel has been ingrained in the mortgage industry throughout his career. He founded Ethos Lending in 2014, where he experienced first-hand the fundamental gaps that exist within legacy software solutions. Carmel then shifted his experience and deep mortgage expertise into creating an alternative option when he founded Polly in 2019 and developed the industry’s first and only vertically integrated capital markets technology solution. Banks, brokers, credit unions, and mortgage lenders nationwide now leverage Polly’s cloud-native, data-driven solutions to automate and optimize all areas of the capital markets and secondary marketing functions.
CEO & Co-Founder
Nick Carter is the founder and CEO of Ingenious, a platform designed to transform the real estate development and construction industry. Before Ingenious, Nick was the owner and CEO of various software companies, a concrete company, and an architecture firm. He used his software expertise to streamline the concrete and architecture firm, which led him to create Ingenious. He continued his research in this sector and realized how inefficient the whole industry operated. Nick has a passion for creating great products and only focuses on creating products that will obtain market share. Nick started his career at 15 at Pepsi, 18 at Cisco Systems in Silicon Valley, then worked with some of the top tech CEO's in the valley to eventually starting his first company. Outside of loving startup life and the tech business, Nick is an avid Ultra-runner, Ironman Athlete (not many Ironmans while building Ingenious), Cyclist, and Jiu-Jitsu practitioner.
VP, Talent Leadership, And Diversity
Crystal joined Hines as Vice President of Talent, Leadership, and Diversity (DEI) in June 2020. She joined the firm from BP, where she led strategic HR teams across a global footprint implementing talent architecture innovations for employee groups across multiple job types. Crystal also served as a Group HR Business Resource Ambassador and actively worked to advance a number of diversity related initiatives spanning her 12-year tenure at BP. Prior to that, she spent eight years leading HR teams and operations in the financial services industry as VP of HR at National Financial Partners and ProTrader.
Senior Director Workplace Advisory Services
Kimberly is a corporate real estate technology expert, interior design professional and strategic advisor with 25+ years of experience supporting many Fortune 500 organizations in optimizing their real estate and
technology through tangible actions and sound advice.
Sustainable Future Ventures
Matt Chagan is a partner at Sustainable Future Ventures based in London. Prior to joining SFV, Matt was a partner at Rich Products Ventures. He has over 20 years of experience as a technology investor, most of which was spent in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to his role at Rich Products Ventures, he was previously a co-founder of Synapse Partners and a principal at Trident Capital.
Director, Interactive Visualizations
Adam leads an applied research team focusing on AR/VR and emerging technology at SHoP Architects. His architecture and construction experience informs the creation of new applications that connect data, design, and construction. Adam has designed, built, and launched applications for both iOS and Android, and is a frequent speaker on the implications of immersive technology in AEC. His applications with SHoP Architects have been nominated for awards, featured in museums, and written about in publications including the New York Times. When he isn’t creating applications, he is building partnerships with technology companies and learning about adjacent new technology.
Jit Kee Chin
Chief Data And Innovation Officer
Jit Kee Chin is Executive Vice President and Chief Data & Innovation Officer at Suffolk Construction and is responsible for leveraging big data and advanced analytics to improve the organization’s core business. She is also the co-founder of Suffolk Technologies, Suffolk’s venture investment arm responsible for sourcing, investing and partnering with the most innovative technology solutions that could transform the AEC industry in the digital age. Prior to her role at Suffolk, Jit Kee spent 10 years with management consulting firm McKinsey and Company where she counseled senior executives on strategic, commercial, and advanced analytics topics.
75 & Sunny Ventures
Wil is a Partner at 75 & Sunny, where he has led investments into a number of proptech companies, including Flyhomes, Arrived, Crexi, and Pacaso. Before joining 75 & Sunny, Wil was an early stage investor at Bain Capital Ventures, where he focused on enterprise software and marketplaces. Wil spent the first four years of his career in the technology practice at Bain & Company. He also worked at Thumbtack, a marketplace connecting customers with local service professionals, where he managed 400+ of the 1,000 categories on the Thumbtack platform. Wil graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College.
Chirag leads the proptech investing practice at Threshold Ventures, the early stage venture capital firm. He led the firm's investments in Avenue 8, Divvy, and Loftium. Additionally, he has led investments in AutoLeap and BentoBox and supports the firm's investments in Front, LaunchDarkly, Calibrate and Clearing. Prior to Threshold, Chirag helped establish Pritzker Group’s west coast venture practice and led the firm's investments in Casper, The Honest Company, HelloGiggles , PureWow, and Retention Science. He also supported Pritzker's investment in Dollar Shave Club.
Vince Cicciarelli oversees LPC Ventures, a subsidiary of Lincoln Property Company (LPC). His primary focus is managing LPC's investment efforts into early-stage technology companies that can bring a value-add to existing or new business lines. Prior to joining LPC Ventures, Vince was one of the early team members of JLL Spark, the venture arm of Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL). His focus there was strategic growth within the existing Spark portfolio throughout the JLL ecosystem and follow-on investments & partnerships.
CEO & Co-Founder
Andrew Collins is the CEO and cofounder of Bungalow, the leading, full service tech platform for renters. With COO and cofounder, Justin McCarty, he identified a gap in the residential real estate market and seized the opportunity to create flexible, accessible and affordable rental options for renters that simultaneously helps maximize return on investment for homeowners. Since 2017, Bungalow has helped the U.S. housing supply and is available in 21 markets. Andrew previously held positions at Atomic VC, Facebook and Medallia, Inc. and has a degree in Sociology from Princeton and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School.
Kat is a Vice President at 1Sharpe Ventures. Prior to joining 1Sharpe, Kat spent 5+ years as a proptech investor and consultant: COO at Shelter Acquisition Corp, a proptech-focused SPAC sponsor, investor at Metaprop and Fifth Wall, and consultant to startups such as Zeus Living and Edgewise. Kat started her venture career at Industry Ventures, a multi-stage generalist platform. Kat also represents the fourth generation of her family’s real estate development company. She holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Building Ventures Co-Founder and General Partner Travis Connors works closely with portfolio companies across the building lifecycle, drawing from his decades of experience as an investor, in built environment innovation as well as software and technology broadly. Before founding Building Ventures, Travis was a member of the built environment investment team at Borealis Ventures. Prior to that, Travis was a partner at early stage venture capital firm Egan-Managed Capital. Travis currently serves on the advisory board for CREtech and the leadership board for the Center for Real Estate Technology & Innovation.
CEO & Co-Founder
As Mapped President & CEO, and former VP/CTO of IoT Business at Cisco, Shaun is a senior technical leader with 25+ years of demonstrated success across a range of established markets, driving long-term IoT strategy. Shaun is focused on reinventing the world of commercial and industrial IoT, dedicated to driving innovation at scale with 120 issued, and 100+ pending, U.S. patents. Shaun is also an active angel investor and start-up mentor through Acceleprise SF, advisor for Deep Angels, and former director of the Open Connectivity Foundation and board member of Attivo Networks.
Courtney Cooper is a principal at Alate Partners. In this role, she helps identify and scale promising proptech start-ups, provides market analysis and due diligence, and manages relationships with industry partners. Courtney has spent over ten years at the intersection of real estate, operations, and technology. Prior to Alate, she led digital transformation and innovation initiatives at some of Canada’s leading real estate and financial services companies, including Dream and Great-West Life. Courtney graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Business Administration. She is the co-founder of Proptech Collective and a member of the ULI Toronto Advisory Board.
Bernardo is Co-Founder of Flat.mx, startup that is transforming how homes are bought and sold in Mexico. He was founder of STARTegy Venture Builder that invested in tech companies Worky, Klar and Belvo. Bernardo also co-founded Linio.com one the leading ecommerce sites in Latam and AMVO the ecommerce association in Mexico. Bernardo holds an MBA from Berkeley Haas and a Bachelors in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico).
CEO & Co-Founder
Andy Crebar is the CEO and co-founder of HoneyBricks which is on a mission to bring real estate investing into the digital world. He’s spent his career working in fintech and SaaS and lives in New York with his young family.
Jose Cruz Jr.
Managing Director & Founder
Jose is focused on the digitization of the built environment. He is the Managing Director of Integrated Projects (IP), a self-funded spatial intelligence company founded in 2018 (using his rainy day savings). IP combines 3D scanning, 3D modeling, and data science to solve for the most fundamental challenges around the ownership, design, and operations of buildings: bad building information. Jose is building the “Layer 1” infrastructure responsible for the accurate digitization of 20+ million square feet of all building types across six continents—empowering enterprise organizations to accurately visualize, verify, and quantify their real estate portfolios, at scale.
CEO & Founder
Alex Czarnecki is the Founder & CEO of Cottage, a SaaS-enabled marketplace for residential construction. Alex was previously an Entrepreneur in Residence at Susa Ventures, where he sourced new investments and incubated Cottage. Prior to Susa, Alex spent 4.5 years at Uber, where he held leadership roles in expansion and operations. He launched Uber’s ridesharing business in several countries, was the first person working on Uber Eats in Europe, and managed the operations of a $1B+ revenue business segment. Alex grew up in the Bay Area, graduated from Dartmouth College and lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.
CEO & Co-Founder
Brian serves on Groundfloor's Board and as our CEO. His 25-year career building disruptive technology startups spans stints in Silicon Valley, Boston, London and the North Carolina Triangle region prior to moving Groundfloor to Atlanta in 2014. Previously, he led the launch of Republic Wireless to take on the big four cellphone carriers to international acclaim. As a result, millions more Americans can now afford a smartphone. Brian has a JD from Harvard Law School, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia.
CEO & Founder
Joseph Daniels founded Project Etopia in 2015 at the age of 23 and is the CEO of Project Etopia Group. Motivated with a passion to make a difference his objective is to build the smart connected eco cities of the future that work towards solving the global housing crisis, whilst having a positive impact on climate change. He aims to do this by combining various energy, construction and intelligent technologies, through invention or collaboration, to build the highest performing buildings. His ambition was fuelled by the lack of security he faced as a young man and continues to drive his motivation to create a better tomorrow. Joe has been recognised across various industries for his innovative approach to technology and real estate, most recently he received the accolade of Forbes 30 under 30 in the manufacturing and industry category, as well as a feature in the United Nations 75th anniversary book for his contribution to climate change.
Chief Optimization Officer
Meredith is the Chief Optimization Officer at Brookfield Properties. She oversees the analysis of external market dynamics to provide strategic recommendations on their impact to our retail real estate business model. Meredith established the
Brookfield Properties’ proactive insights department and spearheads efforts in applying emerging technologies and trends that drive success to the company’s regional shopping centers. With a career spanning over 20 years, Meredith is a leading expert in retail real estate and business insights.
As a recognized thought leader in real estate technology, Mr. Davis has nearly 20 years of related experience. He is the Lead Faculty on CoreNet Global’s Real Estate Technology Master’s of Corporate Real Estate professional designation program. He assists CoreNet Global chapters across the Americas with developing technology symposiums. Mr. Davis also serves as event chair and strategic advisor to the International Facility Management Association’s (IFMA’s) IT community and is part of the Workplace Evolutionaries (WE) Phoenix hub. Before Impec Group, Mr. Davis worked for leading technology solutions, including experts in machine learning/virtual reality-driven design, workplace and space optimization, integrated workplace management system (IWMS) consulting, and IWMS software.
CEO & Founder
Mike DeGiorgio is the founder and CEO of Crexi, the commercial real estate industry’s fastest-growing marketplace, data and technology solution. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Crexi has facilitated over $1 trillion in transactions, and empowers over 3 million buyers, brokers, and tenants to explore more than $2 trillion in property value across the country. Previously, DeGiorgio helped establish Auction.com, (now Ten-X). He earned a business degree from Northern Illinois University, where he has served as a visiting lecturer on tech entrepreneurship and earned an Outstanding Young Alumni Award. DeGiorgio was also one of Globe St.’s 2022 CRE Tech Influencer.
Wilshire Lane Capital
Prior to founding Wilshire Lane Partners, Adam worked as a venture capital investor at Fifth Wall Ventures as well as Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to venture, Adam worked as an investor on Wall Street both working as a hedge fund investor at The Carlyle Group and before that, in the Real Estate Group at Morgan Stanley in New York City. Adam graduated with High Honors from Harvard College and also has an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is also a Board Member for 9 Dots, an education non-profit focused on providing subsidized computer science education to children from underprivileged backgrounds.
Carrie Denning Jackson
VP, Innovation Ops
Carrie Denning Jackson is Vice President, Innovation Operations of Tech & Innovation at Jamestown. Prior to joining Jamestown, Ms. Denning Jackson was a Director on the Development team at Sidewalk Labs, Google’s urban innovation company, where she was responsible for ground floor development and innovation strategy. She originally joined Sidewalk Labs as Chief of Staff. Ms. Denning Jackson is a member of ULI Technology and Innovation Council and a board member of Plan A Health. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Master of Business Administration from Stanford University.
Managing Director & Founder
Gregory is the founder of A/O PropTech and a seasoned real estate and technolo- gy investor with over 15 years of experi- ence across I banking real estate and venture and multibillion deal making history and a deep understanding of the financial markets real estate and venture capital ecosystems. A/O PropTech is Europe’s largest Prop- Tech venture capital firm which invests in technology companies disrupting the real estate and hospitality industry. A/O Prop- Tech has a unique permanent capital approach a strategic real estate portfolio sandbox of over $40bn provided by its LPs (some of the largest European real estate companies) and a unique approach to venture investing with a team of real estate, finance, data science, engineering professionals.
Juan Diaz Echeverri
CEO & Co-Founder
Juan is a serial entrepreneur. His first startup was GEOLOGIK, a company responsible for developing some of the first LEED projects in Colombia. In 2012 started Davinci, a tech company that has transformed over 700 companies in Latam. In 2020 he launched Rab-bit.org, a Cloud Academy to empower people underrepresented communities. And more recently, he started koggi who integrates in “a one stop shop” multiple banks and financial institutions, they provide a seamless end-to-end experience to an ever-growing set of digital-buyers. They're connecting over 30% of the Colombian Real Estate Market and going for the rest of Latam!
Director Of Digital
The Durst Organization
Mark Domino is a digital innovator, who designs and implements cutting-edge projects across a diversity of media from tech to real estate. He is the founder and creator of Spireworks — an internationally recognized app-based engagement platform for iconic landmark architectural lighting found on buildings such as One World Trade Center and One Bryant Park in New York City. He is also the Director of Digital at The Durst Organization where he advises on strategic innovation, technology adoption and proptech investment. His previously taught at Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University.
CIO & Co-Founder
Alexey Dubov is an accomplished executive and serial entrepreneur in technological innovation and advancement for the construction industry, Co-Founder, and Chief Innovation Officer of Mighty Buildings. Together with his partners, they created a 3D printing technology to help solve the housing and climate crises by transforming how the world builds homes. Alexey is also a startup advisor and angel investor. His original contributions in the field of operations and team growth for complex technologies are supported by multiple breakthrough inventions. He founded tech startups across the globe in the US, Germany, Russia, and Singapore, including two successful exits.
Todd is a managing director in the Real Estate Department in the Investment Banking Division, where he advises public and private real estate companies on mergers and acquisitions and financing opportunities. He is a managing director ally of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network. Todd joined Goldman Sachs in the Real Estate Department as a financial analyst in 1990. Todd is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and the Urban Land Institute. Todd earned an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and an AB from Dartmouth College
Cara is Head of Growth at Nabr, a direct-to-consumer housing startup focused on delivering custom, sustainable apartments at scale. Cara joined Nabr from Zigg Capital, the largest real estate tech venture fund in New York and the lead of Nabr’s seed round. Cara previously worked at Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, where she incubated and grew Canopy Buildings, a software-enabled factory business focused on producing mass timber buildings. Cara began her career in Copenhagen working with LEGO. Cara graduated from Princeton where she wrote the best thesis in architecture, and was at Stanford's Graduate School of Business before dropping out to join Nabr. (100/100 words)
Dave Eisenberg is the Founder and Managing Director of Zigg Capital, a proptech venture fund with ~$400m AUM. Representative investments include companies such as Procore, Juniper Square, VTS, Matterport, Kasa and Tend. Prior to founding Zigg, he served as the Global SVP of of Technology for CBRE. He joined CBRE as a result of CBRE's acquisition of Floored, a commercial real estate software company founded and led by him from 2012-2017. Earlier in his career, he was a founding team member of two other retail technology businesses, TellApart and Bonobos. Dave started his career at Bain and graduated from Harvard. Mr. Eisenberg also serves on the Board of Directors of iStar (NYSE: STAR).
CEO & Co-Founder
Josh Emison is currently the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sansbank, Inc. He specializes in sales, business development, and has the ability to understand Client problems and execute on creative solutions. Josh has a passion for discovering passive income and wealth generation solutions for everyday Americans through property markets. Prior to focusing on real estate innovation and blockchain development, Josh served as an infantry officer in the US Marine Corps.
Forterra innovates and scales land-based solutions to address the climate crisis and support equitable, green and prosperous communities. Kristi's work at Forterra has included consulting work, organizing The Cascade Dialogues and The Cascade Agenda, and strategic communications and stakeholder management. Kristi has more than 20 years experience as a consultant in corporate communications, campaigns, public affairs, and community relations. She has worked with clients on a number of local, national, and global environmental initiatives and previously led organizations such as Seattle Climate Action Now and Earth Day Northwest.
John Ensign is President and Executive Managing Director of North America at MRI Software. He has been an executive with the company since 2010 and most recently held the position of President and Chief Legal Officer. In his current role, John oversees all North American operations at MRI Software as well as MRI’s shared services, including global client support, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, talent management, employee relations, and benefit
CIO & EVP
Vornado Realty Trust
Robert Entin is Executive Vice President - Chief Information Officer of Vornado Realty Trust, overseeing all information technology initiatives of the Company. Prior to Vornado, Mr. Entin founded Integrated Business Systems, Inc. in 1979. He combined technical engineering expertise with accounting and property management experience to provide turnkey technology solutions for the real estate industry. His roles throughout the years have placed him in the unique position of being both designer and user. He has authored many articles and frequently serves as an expert source on real estate technology and emerging trends. Mr. Entin is a member of the Realcomm Advisory Council and served as the Co-Chair at the Realcomm National Conference in 2015 & 2021.
Director, Industry Relations
Qadra Evans is a real estate industry veteran based in Denver, CO with 20 years in the field spending the last 5½ years with Zillow now serving as the Director of Industry Relations for New Construction. She started with Zillow in 2017 as part of the Broker Relations team working with leadership teams at the largest real estate brokerages in the country then spent 2 years leading the development of a national real estate brokerage. Qadra now brings her expertise to the homebuilding industry creating the opportunity for key partnerships and sharing valuable news, updates, products, data and research with the industry at large. Her early career began in traditional real estate and led to a tenure as an Asset Manager for a company managing large REO portfolios for banks during the Recession. Qadra now holds real estate licenses in six states and assists Zillow with its brokerage operations in addition to her Industry Relations role. She has a BA in Technical Journalism from Colorado State University and an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University.
Franco Faraudo has an MBA in entrepreneurship and has worked with companies on their branding and content strategy. He has worked in real estate as an agent, manager, and investor. He writes about the intersection between the physical and digital world and is a co-founder of Propmodo.
Elie Finegold is a Managing Director at Crow Holdings, where he leads the firm’s new venture and technology investment practice. He has been an entrepreneur and leader at the intersection of real estate and technology for nearly 20 years, and currently also serves as a Venture Advisor at MetaProp, the leading, early-stage PropTech VC fund, and as an advisor to numerous early and growth stage companies. Prior to joining Crow Holdings, he led Global Innovation at CBRE, establishing the function during the formative years of the current wave of real estate technology. He was a founding member of real estate merchant banking firm Island Capital Group and was the President and co-founder of IGY Marinas, which, under his leadership, grew into a $1.5 billion AUM vertically integrated global real estate business that is the world’s largest owner, operator, and developer of mega-yacht marinas and waterfront mixed-use projects. Elie was also the Chief Innovation Officer of the former Insignia Financial Group and founded several startups in both the real estate and technology sectors. He continues to be a leader in the evolution of the PropTech industry, serving on numerous industry leadership boards and writing and speaking around the world on the subject. Elie graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a Special Concentration in Music and Culture, with his academic works published by Harvard Library Press.
Peter is a Managing Director on the investment team at i80 Group, an investment firm designed to propel the innovation economy forward by empowering growth through bespoke credit solutions. Prior to i80 Group, Peter worked as an investor with a focus on the fintech and proptech sectors with Partners Group, CKC Partners and MicroVest Capital Management. Peter holds an MIB from The Fletcher School.
Dod Fraser is a Vice President at Opendoor where he leads capital markets, risk and business development. Formerly a principal at TPG Capital, Dod was responsible for the U.S. asset investing business, including a 450-person residential real estate platform. While at TPG, Dod also led the acquisition and portfolio management of over $6 billion in assets. Dod was previously at Perry Capital, Silver Lake and Lazard.
CEO & Founder
Joshua Fraser is the founder and CEO of Estated. Estated graduated from Techstars Boulder in 2017, which led to capital partnerships with Foundry Group and Techstars Ventures. Estated powers innovative businesses with simple, reliable data in insurance, lending, real estate, and energy. Previously, Josh founded Data Nerds, an advertising company, which sold in 2015, and currently serves on the board of Accelerate Okanagan in Kelowna, British Columbia –– a mentorship and coaching organization for startups and growth companies in a rapidly growing $1.8B technology sector. Josh invests in real estate, stocks, and cryptocurrency as a hobby on the side. When he isn't working, you'll find him devouring books on history and philosophy or running half-marathons.
CEO & Co-Founder
Ryan is the CEO & Co-Founder of Arrived, a leading platform for anyone to invest in shares of rental homes, starting from $100. Since launch, the company has seen rapid growth reaching +100,000 subscribers and +$50 million in rental properties across 19 cities. The company has raised $135m in outside equity and credit financing from investors including Jeff Bezos, Spencer Rascoff, and Forerunner Ventures. Ryan is an alumnus of Y Combinator S13 and graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in International Business. Ryan holds a Series 65 license with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Head Of Innovation
Catalyst Housing Group
Stephanie Fuhrman is a proptech investor, advisor and executive at Catalyst Housing Group which oversees approximately $4b in middle-income housing in the State of California. A proven corporate executive, leader, producer, and entrepreneur with experience spanning brokerage of $850 million institutional multifamily transactions to the strategic oversight of multifamily operations including marketing, education, property technology, and innovation. Before coming to Catalyst, Stephanie oversaw the Greystar Innovation team as well as the global proptech strategy and implementation in Europe, China, Australia and Brazil spanning over 1,700 properties and over 1,000,000 residents. Stephanie has been an industry advocate serving on the NMHC innovation committee, OpTech co-chair, board advisor, and champion for cultural diversity and inclusion. She has an undergraduate degree from Washington State University and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Gonzalo Galindo has been in charge for the Innovation process and Head of Cemex Ventures, the Open Innovation and Venture Capital fund of Cemex since its inception almost four years ago. He has 20+ years of experience in Cemex in diverse areas like Business Development where he was responsible of acquiring and integrating assets in the Philippines, Taiwan, Egypt and the assets across all Europe. He also managed Cemex operations in the UK and USA East. Before Cemex, he spent a couple of years as Head of Planning at Frito Lay Mexico and spent 6 years as a consultant at Mckinsey and Co In Mexico, the US, Brazil and Australia.
COO & Co-Founder
Sofia Gancedo is Co-Founder and COO of Bricksave, the largest online platform for real estate investment through crowdfunding in Latin America. Bricksave has more than 150 properties financed and investors from 19 countries. In 2019 she was invited to participate in the dialogue table on digital and financial inclusion for W20 and the the generation of proposals to G20. She was a finalist in Microsoft and IDB (2019) competition and Tech Entrepreneur Award Winner at Globant Women Awards (2021). Sofia was part of the Fintech Roundtable at the World Economic Forum (2021).
CEO & Co-Founder
Tomas is Co-founder & CEO of Arx, a startup building the decision-making engine for the real estate industry with a mission to catalyze the development of an equitably built world. Prior to Arx, Tomas worked with his co-founder, Hernan, in residential development. Previously, Tomas worked in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs on a variety of M&A and capital-raise transactions ranging across size, scope, and industry. Tomas received his JD/MBA from the University of Chicago and his B.S. in Quantitative Economics and International Relations from Tufts University. He is a licensed attorney in the State of California.
CEO & Co-Founder
Tushar Garg co-founded Flyhomes in 2016, on a mission to build the world’s best home buying and selling experience. Since then, the company has reinvented real estate by simplifying the home buying and selling process. Flyhomes has expanded to new markets across the US and continues to innovate, build, and offer new, one-of-a-kind services.
Second Century Ventures
Dave Garland invests in technology and entrepreneurs that promise to advance the global real estate industry. As Managing Partner of Second Century Ventures (SCV) - the venture capital arm of the National Association of Realtors®, he oversees NAR REACH: the world's top real estate technology scale up program. As an industry practitioner, Dave has acquired, owned and managed portfolios of single family residential, commercial and development properties across America. He has provided two decades of strategic advisory and board services to numerous, public and private real estate and financial technology firms. Dave lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
CEO & Co-Founder
Christophe Garnier is CEO & Co-Founder of Upflex, a powerful workplace platform bringing together people, places, and data to deliver the right workspaces for forward-thinking companies and top-tier talent. Under Christophe’s leadership, Upflex recently raised a key $30M Series A, forged a strategic partnership with WeWork, and began the expansion into EMEA to strengthen its global network. A high-tech entrepreneur founding companies from Spark Labs, Totsy, to mSmart and a key workplace expert building sustainable ventures – he is undoubtedly at the forefront of future of work.
CEO & Co-Founder
John Geary is Co-Founder and CEO of Abodu, the ADU company. Abodu builds backyard homes (also called Accessory Dwelling Units or ADUs) that expand a property's livable space. John co-founded Abodu to streamline the process of installing an ADU, and has created an innovative concierge service that project manages the entire process of building an ADU from permitting to installation, in under six months. Prior to founding Abodu, John spent over three years at Bain and Company, a global management consulting firm, where he worked as a real estate strategist to Fortune 500 company executives, and a consumer products consultant.
Head Of Strategic Partnerships And Business Development
As the Head of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development for MetaProp, Zander leads relationships and communications with key players across the real estate value chain and acts as a conduit between strategic real estate firms and the emerging PropTech community. Additionally, he is an active angel investor and holds board advisor positions in technology and media companies. Prior to joining MetaProp, Zander was a Senior Solutions Engineer covering the North American region for VTS, where he spent four years working across business development, strategic data analysis, marketing, and solutions engineering.
Raja Ghawi is a Partner at Era Ventures, a new Proptech-focused venture capital firm that invests in ideas that leverage technology and innovation to reimagine the built environment. Born and raised in Homs, Syria, he is a graduate of Harvard University where he studied bioengineering. Raja started his career as a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company and also spent time with QuantumBlack, McKinsey’s AI/ML arm. Most recently, he was the Investment Director at Suffolk Technologies, the corporate venture arm of Suffolk Construction, where he invested in Contech and Proptech startups and helped them scale through the firm’s network and resources.
CEO & Founder
Steve Glenn is the founder and CEO of Plant Prefab. Plant is the first Certified B Corporation™ building technology company dedicated to sustainable design, materials, and operations. The company’s patented Plant Building System™ utilizes advanced digital modeling and fully customizable Plant Panels™ and Plant Modules™ to help architects, developers, general contractors, and individuals design and build multifamily and custom single-family homes 20 to 50 percent faster than site-based methods. The system provides better quality control, design flexibility, and time, cost, and material efficiency than traditional methods of offsite or on-site construction. Plant has two factories in California (Rialto, Ontario) and recently broke ground on a third facility, the Hub, which will be their first fully-automated factory. Plant also maintains a Design Studio and show home in Santa Monica. With a mission to build a better world by design, Plant Prefab was the first housing prefabricator to announce a net zero goal and actually achieved carbon neutrality in their operations in 2020. Plant Prefab is backed by leading investors including Amazon, Asahi Kasei, Gerdau Paris Ventures, Obvious Ventures, and others.
COO & Co-Founder
Jamie Glenn is the Co-Founder and COO of Knock, the fast-growing fintech company that is revolutionizing how people buy and sell homes by making all buyers Power Buyers. Jamie has been active in the startup and real estate spaces since joining Trulia in 2006 as a founding member. Trulia went public on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: TRLA) in 2012 and was acquired by Zillow in 2014 for $3.5 billion. Prior to joining Trulia, Jamie held leadership roles at Yahoo! Real Estate and Knight Ridder Digital.
Walker & Dunlop
Michael Glick is SVP and Chief Technology Officer at Walker and Dunlop (W&D), the largest provider of capital to the multifamily industry in the US and the fourth largest lender on all commercial real estate including industrial, office, retail, and hospitality. Prior to W&D, Mr. Glick served in numerous roles over the course of his 25-year IT career, including leading AOL Mail's engineering department as well as managing a global team for a leading commercial real estate data provider. Mr. Glick holds a Master’s degree of Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland and is a veteran of the US Army Reserve.
Brad Greiwe is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Fifth Wall, where he guides the firm’s strategic vision. Prior to starting Fifth Wall, Brad co-founded Invitation Homes (NYSE: INVH), a multi-billion dollar owner and operator of single-family rental properties originally backed by The Blackstone Group. As CTO, he positioned Invitation Homes as the dominant technology-forward brand in the single-family rental category, developing a proprietary technology stack to support the valuation, acquisition, rehabilitation, leasing, and professional management of over 80,000 homes in 17 major markets, serving 120,000 residents across the U.S. Brad started his career in investment banking at UBS in the real estate, lodging, and leisure group, where he tallied over $33 billion of M&A advisory work and $1 billion of debt and equity financing, including the sale of Hilton Hotels to The Blackstone Group for $26 billion—the largest hotel privatization in history. He then worked in real estate private equity at Tishman Speyer and Starwood Capital, where he executed over $30 billion of acquisitions, debt financing, and development projects.
-Laurent is an entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. He works with start-up founders to successfully build scalable teams, strong company cultures, and disruptive products. He has founded, expanded, and managed multiple start-ups prior to his venture career. Previous to JLL Spark, he led Luma Launch’s early-stage venture fund, investing in over 30 companies across a variety of sectors in the software space. As a Partner at JLL Spark he hopes to drive the technology revolution forward in the real estate space. He is looking to identify and back the companies leading the way during this shift.
Managing Director, Real Estate Services
Inveniam Capital Partners
Samuel F. Grossman joined Inveniam in July 2021 as Managing Director, Real Estate Services. Prior to joining Inveniam, Mr. Grossman founded Fairchild Acquisitions in 2018 and is the companies Managing Partner. He has over 20 years of experience in the residential and commercial real estate industry, in development, value-add rehab, management, and brokerage. In 2014, Mr. Grossman founded The Fairchild Group, which focused on smaller value add multi-family building rehabs in downtown Chicago. From 2014-2018 TFG Purchased and rehabbed approximately $10 million of buildings resulting in an overall value of greater than $15 million.
CEO & Co-Founder
Nyasha is the CEO and co-founder of Billy. He was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, and began his construction career as a mailroom clerk and rose through the ranks to become a project accountant at Plaza Construction, a New York City General Contractor. He was one of the early employees at Procore, where he spent 6.5 years working as a Sr. Product Manager responsible for building contracts, invoices, and integrations into Procore's financial tools. Nyasha is a commercial pilot and flight instructor with experience flying private jets for Justice Air & Channel Islands Aviation.
CEO & Co-Founder
Hamid grew up in the construction industry by learning the trade in his family’s real estate development business and has pursued a technology-oriented education and professional life in the past 20 years. Prior to founding Zebel, Hamid led the adoption of BIM and 3D laser scanning technologies in different types of projects from infrastructure to residential development in California and New York. Hamid received a Master of Business Administration from Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, earned a Master of Science in Construction Management and an Engineer degree in Construction Information Technology both from University of Southern California.
CEO & Co-Founder
Amit Haller is the CEO and co-founder of Veev. Amit has over 20 years of experience in the high-tech communications industry and over a decade of extensive real estate development, asset management, and construction experience. He brings a global perspective and deep knowledge in engineering, entrepreneurship, and business. Amit has led Veev since 2008 with a high‐tech business lens, reimagining the way the home experience is designed, built, and serviced. Today, Amit is dedicated to utilizing Veev’s proprietary technology and a vertically integrated approach to building turnkey, high-quality homes.
Kelly is a brand marketer and sustainability leader with over 25 years of experience across many industries and categories. She has a passion for sustainability and its ability to be a strategic brand & business driver, leading ESG strategies and programs at both large public companies and start-up ventures.
CEO & Co-Founder
Jason Hardy is the Co-Founder and CEO of Ownly – the fast-growth e-commerce PropTech solution for the home-buying process. Ownly’s most sought after tool at the moment is Ownly Verified, enabling a simple as well as seamless experience for validating the homebuyers’ identities and financing. Beyond working to define the future of new home sales online, Jason is also Executive Director of Real Estate Development Institute of Canada, Chairman with Real Estate Marketing consultancy, Chatterson, a key member of Management Advisory Council for Haskayne School of Business and an advisory board member & committee chair for Westman Centre for The Real Estate Studies at the University of Calgary.
CEO & Founder
Brad Hargreaves is the Founder and CEO of Common, the nation’s leading residential brand that designs and manages multifamily apartments with more than 7,000 residents in over 17 markets across the country. Before founding Common in early 2015, Brad was the co-founder of General Assembly, a global education institution with campuses in more than 15 cities worldwide. As part of the General Assembly founding team, Brad led the growth of the company's education business from its launch in 2011 into a global institution with over a dozen campuses.
CEO & Co-Founder
As the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Alec drives the overall strategy and vision for Welcome Homes leading the company through its next phase of growth. He is a serial inventor with over 15 years of entrepreneurial and engineering experience. Prior to co-founding Welcome Homes, Alec was the Founder & CEO of TechDay, the largest tech conferences in the U.S. and Europe, and co-founder of DigitalOcean, one of the largest cloud infrastructure providers in the world. At every business, Alec has a passion for solving large-scale problems and believes the real estate industry is ready for an upgrade.
CEO & Co-Founder
Troy Harvey has a proven track record of 20 years of vision and leadership: building and delivering game-changing products by blending cutting-edge technology with emerging market opportunities. As CEO and co-founder of PassiveLogic, he leads the creation of the new market category of a generalized platform for autonomy, and the very first autonomous platform for buildings. Prior to forming PassiveLogic, Mr. Harvey founded a leading building science and controls engineering firm that innovated a new approach to building design using simulation technology.
CEO & Co-Founder
Nils is the founder of CASAFARI. The company has built a unique ecosystem with 30,000 professionals on top of Europe's most complete real estate database (virtual MLS). We connect brokers, developers, asset managers, and investors and enable sourcing, valuation, underwriting, and deal collaboration. We take advantage of Europe’s chaotic real estate data to deploy institutional investors' capital in SFR at scale.
CEO & Founder
Dr. Badri Hiriyur is the founder and CEO of T2D2 - a proptech SaaS startup that is powered by computer vision to detect, classify and monitor facade and structural damage in buildings and infrastructure. Prior to this role, he was a Vice President and Director of Artificial Intelligence at Thornton Tomasetti (TT) - a global leader in structural engineering and forensics. Dr. Hiriyur has an extensive background in deep learning, computer vision and robotics and has a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
CEO & Co-Founder
Vincent is the CEO and co-founder of Local Logic, a company quantifying everything outside the four walls of any asset to help build more sustainable and livable cities. Passionate about cities, tech, and how they can work together to change how our cities are built, Vincent has always been at the intersection of Urban Planning and Real Estate. Prior to co-founding Local Logic, Vincent co-founded a real estate and urban planning consulting firm and gained real estate experience working for a real estate development firm as well as a public affairs firm. Vincent has a B.A. in Finance from HEC, and studied Urban Planning at McGill University.
Senior Advisor To The Commissioner
U.S. Public Buildings Service
Matt serves as the senior advisor to PBS Commissioner Nina Albert, who is responsible for managing the federal civilian real estate portfolio consisting of over 370 million square feet contained in 8,800 Federal workplaces serving over 1 million Federal employees. With over 20 years experience in the real estate sector, Matt’s expertise is in innovation, strategy, and the use of new technologies to bring efficiencies and opportunity to real estate development and management. Before arriving at GSA, he founded HousingTech Ventures as an advisory and investment fund focused on companies with emerging tech-driven solutions addressing the nation’s housing affordability challenges.
Dream Equity Partners
Rahul Idnani is the President of Dream Equity Partners, the private asset management arm of Dream Unlimited, one of Canada’s leading real estate companies with over $10 billion of assets under management in North America and Europe. Prior to joining Dream, Mr. Idnani served as Global Chief Operating Officer and Head of Portfolio Management with direct oversight of a $90 billion real estate portfolio across various property types and investment strategies for the firm’s institutional and retail clients. He also previously held senior leadership positions at TIAA and was instrumental in the acquisition of Nuveen Investments and build-out of its global real assets platform. Before joining TIAA in 2013, Mr. Idnani held leadership and investment roles at Voya Financial and Credit Suisse, respectively.
CEO & Co-Founder
Alex Israel is the Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of Metropolis Technologies. Metropolis develops advanced computer vision technology that makes the journey remarkable. Alex has more than a decade of experience building and scaling mobility-centric technology platforms. In 2009, Alex co-founded ParkMe and grew the company to become the world’s most comprehensive parking database, offering insights for over 60,000 parking locations across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. ParkMe was acquired by INRIX, a leading global traffic intelligence provider connecting cars to smarter cities. In 2017, Alex cofounded Metropolis Technologies, which develops and operates an advanced computer vision platform facilitating mobile commerce transactions in parking and at other mobility hubs. Metropolis serves more than 1.6 million members across more than 600 parking lots and garages, and in partnership with thousands of grocery stores, coffee shops, and other local merchants.
CEO & Co-Founder
Ian Jaffrey is the CEO and co-founder of Skipp, a tech-forward renovation marketplace that streamlines the end-to-end design and build process for residential homes. With its industry-leading tech, Skipp provides designer kitchens and bathrooms to the everyday homeowner, real estate agent, and builder with unprecedented speed without compromising quality. With just one 3D spatial scan of a home, Skipp produces multiple layouts, renderings, construction docs, and comprehensive material and labor costs. Ian has over a decade of experience building products. Prior to Skipp, he was a co-founder of AI startup Wade & Wendy and was at American Express and Deloitte.
COO & Co-Founder
Brandon Jenkins is the Chief Operating Officer of Fundrise. He's served in this role since 2014, prior to which he was Head of Product Development and Director of Real Estate for the company. Before Fundrise, Brandon was the Director of Real Estate for WestMill Capital Partners and spent time as investment advisor at both Marcus & Millichap, the largest real estate investment sales brokerage in the country and the Westfield Corporation, a leading shopping center owner. Mr. Jenkins earned his Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Economics from Duke University.
CEO & Co-Founder
beycome is the first-ever one-stop 100% digital real estate marketplace that eliminates unnecessary third parties, including real estate agents, escrow, and title companies, by empowering homeowners directly. Under one roof, beycome offers a complete suite of digital tools to sell, order title, and buy homes at a fraction of traditional fees. Beycome’s customer's journey starts with the sellers that save up to 6% on commissions, use our in-house title solution, then becomes a buyer and get up to 2% back on their purchase. As of July 2020, beycome has closed ~4,000 properties worth $1.2B, saving our customers ~$50 million in real estate commissions.
Chief Experience Officer
Brandon oversees TerraZero business development initiatives across products and services development as well as Metaverse experience fulfillment for $50-100B+ market cap brand partners. Brandon has led creative and execution for clients and projects in blockchain, VR/AR, gaming, animation, film and series television. Brandon has also helmed community development initiatives for freelance platforms and advised on platform product development. Brandon’s vision is to bring elevated interactive experiences to the Metaverse through innovative technologies.
CEO & Co-Founder
Jeevan sold his first company, Sifteo, to 3D Robotics, where he eventually became the President. 3DR, a 200+ person company, launched a drone that made $45M in its first year. 3DR partnered with Autodesk to launch Site Scan, a tool for documenting and analyzing jobsites. Jeevan was most recently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Lux Capital. He holds a BS from Stanford and an MS from MIT, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow.
Chief Customer Officer
Craig Kaplan is the Chief Customer Officer at Virbela, an immersive world platform for the Enterprise Metaverse deploying Virbela’s Experience Platforms for remote work, learning, and events. In his role, Kaplan supports sales, marketing, partnerships and customer operations, overseeing the entire customer journey. Recently Virbela has launched a consumer experience platform: Frame for Brands (learn.framevr.io)
CEO & Co-Founder
Natalia Karayaneva is the CEO of Propy, a Silicon Valley proptech company reinventing home purchasing via blockchain. She is an award-winning real estate developer, software engineer, and a serial entrepreneur with extensive knowledge in international real estate and crypto-economics. Natalia is a sought-out panelist and speaker at blockchain and proptech events globally. She is an advisor to Arrington XRP Capital and a contributor to Forbes. Natalia has a degree in Computer Engineering from Russia and a degree in Sustainable Urban Development from the University of Oxford.
Partner & SVP, Workplace Strategy
Geoff is an innovation-minded business futurist and accomplished global speaker focused on the ROI dynamics at the intersection of real estate, technology, and sustainability. Currently he is Partner & SVP, Workplace Strategy for CRG where he oversees national accounts, leads client-related initiatives, and provides “future-proofing” strategies. Geoff is also Founder/CEO of Op2mize Energy, a strategic energy procurement firm. He’s an active PropTech angel investor, sitting on the boards of RealNex; Otso; InteliGlas; BEI.RE; LeaseUp and CRETech. He’s also a LEED AP; a FIBREE Regional Chair; and on the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) Executive Committee. Previously, Geoff was Executive Managing Director at Newmark where he led their North American Industrial Division; and was the 2016-2017 SIOR Global President.
Ajey Kaushal is a Senior Associate on the investing team at JLL Spark, responsible for sourcing, evaluating, investing, and scaling early-stage PropTech startups. Prior to joining JLL Spark, he held roles across strategy, tech investing, commercial real estate, and management consulting, most recently serving as Chief of Staff at Anderson Holdings and as an investment associate at PLG Ventures prior to that.
Ajey holds a BSE in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he served as student body President. After graduating with his MBA, Ajey has been an official mentor for current UCLA Anderson MBAs looking to launch startups post-graduation.
Minta Kay, Partner and Chair of Goodwin’s Global Real Estate Industry Group, is focused on supporting her clients in the converging area of Proptech, driving strategy to effectively help her clients navigate their business goals and challenges, particularly in the post-COVID world as Proptech will become an integral part of their success. Minta is heavily involved in a variety of Proptech industry organizations, and has been quoted in several leading publications. She also currently serves on the CREtech Leadership Board and ULI’s Global Exchange Council. Minta’s understanding of the importance of connecting real estate and technology clients, paired with her collaborative nature, allows for natural synergy between these two practices.
CEO & Co-Founder
Jordon Keltz is a serial entrepreneur with multiple exits, who has spent nearly two decades making sure prospects and customers connect better, faster, and more efficiently — was looking for the next industry to help transform. "My life has been dedicated to industry transformation through the right use of technology. That’s just what we are doing with SpaceIt"
CEO & Founder
Sean Kennedy is the founder and CEO of EasyHome, Inc. – an early-stage venture focused on taking the hassle out of home ownership by creating personalized seasonal maintenance plans and comprehensive digital property records – like a “CarFax” for the home. Prior to leading EasyHome, Sean helped found Valiant Labs – Nike’s corporate incubator – successfully launching and scaling multiple new businesses within the company.
CEO & Founder
Jarred Kessler has over fifteen years of experience in the financial services industry working with industry leaders such as Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, and Goldman Sachs. Jarred has witnessed the effects of technological change on the industry and has evolved his career and business model to align effectively with emerging trends. He applies his vision of a new and improved real estate world to EasyKnock through the sale-leaseback, which has allowed homeowners across the country to access the money they need to reach their goals without uprooting themselves or dealing with the rejection of banks.
CEO & Founder
Ardalan is the founder and CEO at OnSiteIQ. A monitoring and verification platform for owners, developer, and investors to efficiently deploy and monitor their projects across the world. His unique background in construction and artificial intelligence fused the two worlds to help real estate developers and investors. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and MS from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne. After completing his Ph.D., Ardalan joined the Runways program at Cornell Tech, where OnSiteIQ was born.
CEO & Founder
Pat is the Founder and CEO of Notarize, the pioneer in online notarization. Pat was previously a partner at Polaris Partners. Before joining Polaris and founding Notarize, Pat was a co-founder & CEO of Spindle until it was acquired by Twitter in June 2013. Prior to Spindle, Pat was at Microsoft incubating new concepts and bringing them to market. Pat serves on the board of Lob and was the lead investor in Drizly. Based in Boston, Pat serves as a mentor at the Harvard Innovation Lab and committed to helping the entrepreneurial community.
Jonathan brings a track record of technology integration and innovation. With a professional background in media, thought leadership and emerging technology at The New York Observer, Gigaom and GeoCV, he brings his expertise to the evolving PropTech sector. As the Founder and Managing Director of PropTech Consulting, Jonathan is adept at blending visionary insight with strategic business planning. PropTech Consulting bridges the gap between real estate and technology by offering strategic growth advisory and digital twin concierge services. Working across the spectrum of property owners, operators, startups, and investors, PropTech Consulting is uniquely positioned to help optimize efficiency, increase acquisitions, and maximize revenue throughout the real estate lifecycle. Jonathan holds a BS in Public and Environmental Affairs from Indiana University at Bloomington and an Advanced Certificate in Digital Media Marketing from New York University.
Proptech Angel Group
Matt Knight is a PropTech investor focused on commercial and multifamily technology. He is the founder of the largest angel group in the world focused exclusively on technology in real estate, the PropTech Angel Group. He also actively works with a few institutional owners of real estate on building an investment and piloting strategy around emerging technologies.
Matt was formerly a General Partner at Shadow Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on construction and real estate technology. Matt was responsible for capital raising and formation as well as deal sourcing and underwriting. During his time at Shadow, Matt also built an incubator, an accelerator, and an annual event known as Shadow Summit. Matt often speaks and writes about emerging trends or false narratives in PropTech via The Vertical newsletter.
Prior to Shadow, Matt had a decade-long career in institutional real estate and was involved in more than $1B of commercial transactions. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College and splits his time between Atlanta and San Francisco.
CEO & Co-Founder
Paul is an accomplished operator and leader, with over 10 years of experience growing and scaling teams across technology, real estate, finance, and strategy at Airbnb, Deloitte, Alfred, and Moody’s. Prior to founding Summer, Paul was a Product and Strategy leader at Airbnb, where he led the integration of Luxury Retreats and the creation of the Airbnb Luxe product. Paul holds a graduate degree from Columbia University, where he graduated with distinction.
Diego is originally from Mexico City, currently living in Miami. He worked at America Movil launching new businesses, then moved to WeWork, where he worked on the Expansion, Growth & Enterprise teams—launched 60 buildings and nine markets and led B2B Sales in the Region. Diego worked closely with Softbank and its portfolio companies before dedicating himself full-time to Kambio.
Founder & Managing Partner
Alexandria is the founder and Managing Partner of Hometeam Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on technology for the built environment that can reduce housing costs. Prior to launching Hometeam, Alexandria was the co-founder and COO of New Story, a non-profit listed as one of the "Most Innovative Nonprofit's in the World" four times by Fast Company. She led the team that constructed over 3500 homes in Latin America and printed the first 3D printed housing community in the world, featured in the Apple TV+ docuseries, Home. Alexandria is a Y Combinator alumni, Forbes 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur, and recipient of the 2018 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian award. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Architectural Digest, CNN, and more. As a former tenant of Section 8 housing and teacher to homeless sixth-graders, Alexandria has committed her career to direct technology and innovation toward housing as a human right.
SVP Digital Buildings, Experiences & Innovation
Thano Lambrinos has over 15 years’ experience in the construction and building technologies space, and leverages digital transformation learnings across vertical markets to drive innovation and change in commercial real estate. At QuadReal, Thano works to deploy advanced technologies that redefine the way buildings are designed, built, managed, and how the occupants experience their environments. As Senior Vice President, he leads the Digital Buildings, Customer Experience & Innovation teams, and is focused on the development and execution of the digital strategy across a global real estate portfolio.
Janus Venture Partners
Chris Langford is Managing Partner at Janus Venture Partners, an early-stage VC focused on the future of homes. He previously founded, managed and took private Lowe's Ventures, the VC arm of Lowe's.
CEO & Founder
Jindou Lee is the CEO and co-founder of HappyCo, a software company that builds mobile and cloud solutions to enable real-time property operations. Prior to his current role, Jindou also founded and exited two previous tech companies. Jindou graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Visual Communications (Design) and subsequently worked for Midway Games where he led the User Interface team to work on classic titles such as Mortal Kombat, Gauntlet, and Dukes of Hazzard. Besides his love for technology, Jindou is also an avid real estate investor and enjoys spending time with his family.
Ben has over 20 years of experience working in the real estate software space, both strategically and operationally as a seasoned executive and on the corporate finance, M&A and investment side. Ben set up his own M&A advisory practice, Lerner Associates, in 2019, focusing purely on PropTech transactions. Since joining his family business, Qube Global Software, back in 2002, Ben has been involved in business development, operations, corporate strategy and M&A within the sector. After selling the business to private equity backed MRI Software in 2017 Ben spent time integrating the businesses and looking after UK operations alongside MRI’s US based management team. Both prior to selling the Qube business and throughout his time with MRI and beyond, Ben has been actively involved in M&A on deal sourcing, structuring, due diligence and general advisory. He is now the Managing Director of Lerner Associates, a London based boutique M&A Advisory practice facilitating global and cross-border real estate tech transactions, across the spectrum of investment management, corporate, commercial, residential, multifamily, agency, workplace, facilities management, construction and real estate data solutions.
Nate is a Managing Director at Parker89. Previously he was at BCG Digital Ventures where he helped build Endpoint and met Paul. While at BCG he advised Fortune 500 C-suite teams in mortgage, real estate, and financial services on digital strategy and new business creation. Prior to BCG, Nate was an investor at Primera Capital (seed backer of Fandango, Houzz, Chegg, and VMware) where he made early-stage venture investments and worked closely with portfolio companies on product strategy. Nate began his career as an operator, leading product management at four startups in telecom, database design, cybersecurity, and enterprise SaaS. Nate has a Masters in History from Oxford (a frequent point of contention with Paul) and a Bachelors in International Studies from Johns Hopkins. He’s a recent transplant to Utah where during his time off he can be found skiing in the mountains or eating burritos at Café Rio.
CEO & Co-Founder
CEO & Co-Founder of Shepherd, an insurtech MGU serving the commercial construction industry. Formerly founder and CEO of TradeTapp, acquired by Building Connected then Autodesk
Sarah Liu is a Partner and co-leads the Early Stage Proptech Venture fund at Fifth Wall, the world's largest Built World VC fund with over $3B in AUM. She primarily leads and co-leads deals in the Series A and B stages, along with some participation at the Seed stage. Sarah spends most of her time in the construction and residential verticals along with fintech and insurtech across asset classes. Prior to joining Fifth Wall, Sarah was a consultant at McKinsey & Company.
CEO & Co-Founder
Austin Lo is co-founder and CEO of Peek, whose mission is to virtualize communities to make it quicker and easier to find a home. Prior to launching Peek in 2019, Austin worked at an investment fund, creating data-driven models to invest in internet and technology companies. He holds a New York real estate license and spent a sabbatical as a travel photographer, both which contributed to his interest in spatial data and virtualization of spaces. He met his cofounder, Chris Kostoulas, on Craigslist while looking for a roommate. Austin is a 2012 graduate of Columbia University’s engineering school.
Alex Lofton is Co-Founder and Head of Culture & Brand at Landed, one of the fastest growing Fintech Real Estate companies in the country. Landed is on a mission to help essential professionals build financial security near the communities they serve. Alex’s entrepreneurial journey started long before he ever knew the concept of a business plan. In fact, he did not realize it at the time, but his earliest experiences in childhood gave him the background and understanding of a problem (and how to solve it) that would lead Alex down the entrepreneurial path. Alex has since served in leadership positions at numerous social enterprises and technology start-ups in D.C., London, and San Francisco.
Head Of Digital, Home Lending
Nate Longfellow is an executive vice president with Wells Fargo Home Lending, the nation’s leading combined home lender and servicer, funding one of every nine loans and servicing one of every seven loans in the country. Longfellow oversees Home Lending Product Strategy and Delivery. Under Longfellow’s leadership, the Product Strategy and Delivery team is responsible for delivering a value-driven approach to product strategy and purposeful change delivery across Home Lending. The Product Strategy and Delivery organization consists of more than 800 team members with responsibilities ranging from digital strategy and innovation to agile transformation and business process management. Longfellow is a member of the Home Lending Management Team, reporting directly to the head of Home Lending.
Evan Loomis has been an entrepreneur for more than nearly 20 years and most notably as the co-founder ICON where he currently oversees business development for the Austin-based startup that develops advanced construction technologies that advance humanity. ICON is continually setting new standards for delivering resilient, dignified housing at high-speed and lower cost. Raising $451 million to date in funding, ICON has delivered communities of 3D-printed homes in the U.S. and internationally and forged partnerships with world-renowned architects, builders and housing organizations missionally aligned to shift the paradigm of homebuilding.
Ivory Innovations is a nonprofit dedicated to shining a light on innovative solutions in housing affordability. Jenna leads strategy and operations for the team, including supporting the 100+ past finalists and winners of the Ivory Prize for Housing Affordability. Prior to her work with housing, she led innovation efforts at Hilton and launched the Diversity & Inclusion practice at CEB, now Gartner. She received her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and her undergraduate degree from Harvard College.
Plug & Play
After studying International Relations at the University of Central Florida, Nick relocated to
Silicon Valley where he ultimately joined Plug and Play. As a member of the Smart Cities Team,
he focuses on connecting the top Real Estate and Construction companies with the best
startups around the world. He has a passion for fostering corporate innovation in the most
disruptive and influential spaces, such as blockchain technology, while still promoting carbon
CEO & Co-Founder
Andrew Luong is the co-founder of Doorvest, a venture-backed startup democratizing financial security for all. Andrew is also a real estate investor, Realtor, and mortgage loan officer. With a passion for all things technology and personal finance, Andrew created Doorvest to enable everyone to access to financial security through investing in the $3 trillion single-family rental market.
CEO & Co-Founder
Mike is the Co-Founder and CEO at Houwzer. He drives the company’s vision, strategy, culture, and growth. As a former Naval Officer, Mike believes leadership is what separates the good from the great. A serial real estate entrepreneur with experience in coworking, brokerage, and incubation, Mike is passionate about the paradigm shift taking place in all aspects of real estate. Mike received a B.S. in American Politics and Law from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA in Real Estate, Finance, and International Business from the DiLella Center for Real Estate at the Villanova University School of Business.
Caren Maio is the President of Moved, the industry’s first automated onboarding platform for multifamily real estate. She is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Camber Creek and the Co-Founder of Funnel Leasing (formerly Nestio). Caren is a PropTech thought leader and has been named one of the 15 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc.com and won the Leading Entrepreneur award with Women in PropTech. Additionally, she serves as a founding fellow of On Deck PropTech and is on the advisory board of New York University's Female Founders Fellowship program.
Adam is the Co-Founder of Bloxspring, a communications firm helping real estate technology companies across Europe and North America build their brand. After seeing the sector boom, Adam and his Co-Founder PJ, took the brave decision to launch Bloxspring at the start of the pandemic. Before that, Adam was Head of Business Development at Equiem, driving growth in Europe. Prior to this, he was a Director at Investis Digital, spearheading the company's expansion into Europe, Middle East and Russia. Adam started his career at Berlin Capital Investments, partnering with listed property funds to raise equity and invest across Germany.
Flybridge Capital Partners
Julia Maltby is a Principal at Flybridge Capital Partners, a seed stage New York and Boston based venture fund. At Flybridge, she focuses on a range of community-driven businesses, most recently spending time with companies in consumer proptech and the future of work. She also co-leads The MBA Fund, a pre-seed fund backing students and alumni from Harvard, Stanford, and Penn.
Prior to Flybridge, Julia was the Director of Business Development at WeWork, working alongside WeWork’s CMO and CRO on global partnerships and special projects. Previously, she was on the investments team at Underscore Ventures, and the founding team of Plum Alley Investments. She holds an MBA from Wharton and BA. from Vassar College.
Michael Martin is Co-Founder of Avenue 8, where he draws from his background in product design and finance and a keen understanding of how to inspire and build teams. Prior to Avenue 8, Michael spent nearly a decade as Managing Partner of Code and Theory, where he scaled the team from 50 to 500, while being named one of Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative Companies in the World. Michael leverages his background in private equity at Apollo Global Management, and in investment banking at Deutsche Bank. Michael graduated with High Honors from Dartmouth College and lives in New York.
VP Business Development
Stefan is VP Business Development and heads product strategy at Placer.ai, the leading location intelligence data platform, working with key clients including real estate firms, hedge funds and retailers to devise solutions to critical business challenges as well as cultivating partnerships with innovative data & software providers to support Placer's product development and corporate growth.
CEO & Co-Founder
Karl May is co-founder and CEO of Join, the company leading the digitalization of the built world through streamlined operations and deep insights through data. Join serves owners of office, multi-family, mixed-use/retail, and public spaces. Prior to founding Join, May founded and was CEO of Treq Labs, the software-defined networking software that powers applications like Skype for Business, Telstra PEN, NTT IS, and BT’s on-demand data center services. He was previously co-founder and CEO of Vello Systems and has over 25 years of high tech experience, starting as a compiler and operating systems engineer at Hewlett-Packard in the mid 80s.
VP Of Proptech
Starwood Capital Group
Leander is a Vice President and Head of PropTech at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Leander is responsible for overseeing Starwood Capital’s PropTech investment and implementation activities.
CEO & Co-Founder
Charles McKinney is the CEO and co-founder of Vontive, the embedded mortgage platform for investment properties. Vontive empowers any B2C brand to launch a mortgage business in weeks and brings digital financial products to a fragmented, underserved market. Charles met Shreyas Vijaykumar, Vontive’s co-founder and CTO, when he led loss-mitigation strategies for Freddie Mac during the U.S. housing crisis, and Shreyas led Palantir’s deployment at the GSE. Prior to founding Vontive, Charles held leadership roles at Auction.com and Freddie Mac. Charles has an MBA from the University of Maryland and an MA in Anthropology from SUNY Albany.
Brynne McNulty Rojas
CEO & Co-Founder
Brynne McNulty Rojas is the co-founder and CEO of Habi, a Colombia and Mexico City-based proptech company backed by SoftBank, Tiger Global, Inspired Capital, 8VC, and others. She raised the largest Series B funding round of any female CEO in Latin America, and the second largest round of any startup in Colombia. Brynne completed an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where she was named a George F. Baker Scholar. She received a bachelor's degree from the Wharton School with a double concentration in Real Estate and Finance.
CEO & Co-Founder
Alfonso Medina was born in Longview, Texas in 1983. After having designed, built and developed over 1m sq ft of residential development across multiple cities in the last 15 years, he co-founded Madelon, a startup focused on the future of housing, where he currently serves as CEO. Madelon’s mission is to address America’s housing crisis head on. As part of this mission, in January 2022, Medina and the Madelon team officially launched REDtech, a real estate development platform aimed at tackling the U.S. housing crisis through standardization and automation of the development process. In addition to leading Madelon, Medina is currently Chairman of Ikigai Holdings, a real estate holding company that encompasses development, construction, and architecture companies in Mexico City and Tijuana.
VP, Innovation & Digital Experience
Charlie Miller leads innovation and digital experience across Brookfield’s global portfolio of real estate companies. He was formerly a Senior Director at Intersection, Alphabet’s first acquisition in the smart city space by Sidewalk Labs. At Intersection, he developed the commercial strategy for the Connected Communities group, focused on bringing interactive digital content and experiences to premier venues and destinations. Prior to that, Charlie was an Associate Partner at Control Group, the digital innovation company best known for developing LinkNYC. Charlie has a passion for user-centered design, extensive experience in digital infrastructure, and a deep knowledge of emerging technologies.
CEO & Founder
Marc started Higharc with the goal of making good home design accessible to more people. He’s passionate about pairing design with technology and guiding teams to bring those technologies to market. Marc has launched two companies, Desktop Metal and Carbon3D, out of stealth to unicorn status. Marc has also held management roles for some of the world’s largest brands, including serving as a Managing Producer at Apple, and in various leadership roles for global design and advertising agencies. Marc holds a B.A. in Producing for Television and Music from New York University.
CEO & Founder
Dan Mishin is the founder and CEO of June Homes, a Softbank backed real estate technology startup that’s challenging outdated practices to improve the rental experience for tenants and mom-and-pop landlords. As a serial entrepreneur in the real estate space, Daniel has created a substantially better renters experience for thousands of tenants across NYC, DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Boston. Dan started his first company at 11 years old, and prior to June Homes, founded leading youth hostel company Bear Hotels that he eventually exited to one of the largest hospitality groups in Russia. He was selected as Best Young Entrepreneur of Russia in 2011 and TOP 5 students entrepreneurs Worldwide by Entrepreneurs Organization in 2012 at the New York Stock Exchange.
The Moinian Group
Mitchell Moinian is Principal of The Moinian Group, one of the country’s largest as well as most active property owners and developers in major cities across the United States. Mitchell plays an integral role in the day-to-day operations of The Moinian Group, specifically in achieving internal / external growth goals, contributing to the advancement of the company’s most significant projects, and securing as well as increasing their development and acquisition pipeline. Mitchell leads Currency M, the firm’s VC arm, investing in plus-a dozen innovative brands. He is a REBNY, UJA Real Estate Executives Committee and Stefan For Life Foundation member.
As President of Morgan Properties Special Situations and Principal of Morgan Properties, Jason’s responsibilities involve sourcing, underwriting, and executing multifamily acquisition and debt investment opportunities. Jason joined the company in 2017 when Morgan Properties was the 25th largest apartment owner in the country and has been instrumental in elevating the company to the second largest with 95,000 units and $16 billion in assets. Over the past 4 years, Morgan Properties has acquired over $7 billion in acquisition volume comprising over 60,000 units. Jason sits on Morgan Properties’ Investment Committee where he evaluates all the company’s acquisition and debt investment opportunities.
CEO & Chairman
Ryan Morris is an entrepreneur and investor dedicated to building companies that aim to change the world. Leading Turntide, Morris drives its mission to make every watt of energy worthwhile for humanity. Previously, Morris founded Meson Capital Partners investment firm and served as Chairman of three publicly traded companies including Sevcon, Inc. - a world leader in power electronics for electric vehicles. Morris holds a B.S. and M.Eng. from Cornell University in Operations Research & Information Engineering. He is a champion rower and road cyclist with a passion for ending the use of fossil fuels in an economically rational way.
Dave Mullen is an investor at SVB Capital where he covers FinTech, PropTech, and ClimateTech. Previously, Dave was an investor at Wells Fargo Strategic Capital, the venture arm of Wells Fargo where he focused on venture growth investments. Dave started his career with J.P. Morgan in the Investment Bank where he was responsible for raising capital for both sponsor buyout and M&A transactions. Dave currently serves on the Programming Board and as a Mentor at StartOut, and is the PropTech Vertical Lead at EVCA. Read about Dave’s perspectives on PropTech and ClimateTech on TechCrunch or his published research on Medium.
CEO & Founder
Bonnie is the Founder and CEO of Raccord. Her journey began after spending over 5 years in the commercial real estate space experiencing first hand the pain points Raccord endeavors to solve. She spent the first 15 years of her career working across several investment verticals. After graduating from UNC with a B.A. degree in Finance, she began in the research department at a hedge fund focused on the technology space before leveraging that knowledge to transition into equity trading during the GFC. In an effort to create more balance at home after her first son was born, she subsequently joined a private investment bank, to assist in scaling their business in Europe. Her time spent in London gave her the opportunity to join a London based, event-driven fund to lead capital formation and strategy. After months on the road and the birth of her second son, she took a brief pause before entering into Real Estate Private Equity in NY focused on multifamily investments along the east coast. It was through these collective experiences, along with COVID’s disruption, that gave her the perspective to identify the opportunity that exists within the real estate industry.
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
Gavin Myers is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Prudence, a global, early-stage Proptech venture capital firm. Mr. Myers currently serves on the Board of Directors at Properly, Casafari, Morty, Hemlane, Salus and CREXi (observer). Before co-founding Prudence in 2009, Mr. Myers worked at Sun Capital Partners focused on middle market private equity as well as Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs. He received a BA in Political Science from Yale University and an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School.
CEO & Founder
Christopher is a veteran building scientist and product executive with a focus on the decarbonization of commercial real estate. Audette, launched in 2019, is the world's largest carbon intelligence warehouse for the CRE sector, containing reduction models for every commercial building in the U.S. and Canada. Audette is enabling corporate asset managers to build and execute their zero-carbon strategies, while providing regulators with cutting-edge intelligence on how to transform markets and supply-chains.
Neda is focused on bringing Compass's mission to life across the United States as President of their national operations. Prior to Compass Neda was the Director of Urban Systems at Sidewalk Labs, the division of Google focused on building smart cities. Neda also spent years in the Bay Area working at high-growth technology companies, and in East Africa building programs to support female entrepreneurs. Neda started her career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA in Economics from Columbia University.
CEO & Founder
Barret is CEO of Leasera, a company that has created more than property management software by thinking differently. Dedicated to building a network of accessible, open property management software, diverse marketplace partners, rewards and user loyalty. The next era of renting will be cooperative, affordable and empowering for property managers, services professionals and renters. Experience the tools to lease an apartment, communicate with staff, get a dog walked, invest with the best, book your next vacation and be appreciated for all of it. How will the market leverage our network to win next?
Alex joined Scale as Principal in 2013, responsible for sourcing investments in DroneDeploy and Forter. A Partner since 2017, Alex focuses on early investments in vertical software markets where incumbents have lagged in advanced technology offerings, as seen by investments in KeepTruckin (2017, BoD), Root Insurance (2018), Scout RFP (2019), Proxy (2020, BoD), Spruce (2020, BoD), and Proscia (2020, BoD). KeepTruckin is one of the fastest growing SaaS companies of all time; Workday acquired Scout RFP in 2019 for $540M; and Root completed its IPO in 2020. He has written for TechCrunch and been profiled in Business Insider, Forbes, and Silicon Valley Business Journal.
CEO & Co-Founder
Deb Noller is a dynamic leader who brings more than 20 years’ experience in technology, sustainability and commercial real estate to her role as CEO of the Switch Automation team. She helps large enterprises apply technology for more efficient business operations, resulting in millions of dollars in cost savings for Fortune 100 companies. Deb loves cycling, strong coffee and mentoring young women in the tech industry.
Zach joined Foundation in 2014. He’s interested in all things fintech, more specifically helping drive fundamental product innovation in financial services markets across the globe. Zach has spent most of his career in this pursuit, here are some of his stops along the way: ·
All told Zach spent eight years at Capital One. He made many tiny contributions to their credit card, auto finance, and retail banking business lines ·
Zach helped the company acquire $20B in retail bank market cap across two acquisitions (Hibernia and North Fork) and nearly acquire Netspend Financial ·
He led the almost-launch of a network of Capital One Loan Stores but the mortgage crisis had other ideas ·
Back when fintech used to be called “financial services-enabled technology,” Zach was an investor at North Hill Ventures, a subsidiary of Capital One. Some of their investments included the operator of Zelle (Early Warning), a paycard issuer (FSV Payment Systems, acquired by US Bank), digital gift card processor (Cashstar, acquired by Blackhawk), and reverse mortgage originator. They also passed on Credit Karma’s Series A :-( ·
CEO & Co-Founder
Daniel Norman is the CEO and Co-founder of Aprao, a B2B SaaS business offering a cloud based financial modeling tool for the real estate sector. Aprao is loved by real estate businesses across the world who use it to standardize their financial modeling for real estate to increase efficiency and minimize risk. Daniel's background spans real estate development and commercial real estate finance for over a decade prior to founding Aprao.
William (“Will”) O’Donnell leads Prologis Ventures, the venture capital, innovation and corporate development arm of Prologis. With over 22 years of experience in both real estate and technology, he heads efforts to invest in cutting-edge technology for supply-chain logistics and real estate. Will joined legacy AMB in 2003 and established a successful track record of building and acquiring investment platforms and companies globally. He has led some of the company’s more complicated transactions, including the restructuring of six of Prologis’ private equity funds representing more than $4.5 billion in assets; privatization of G. Acción; establishment of two strategic capital vehicles; and AMB Property Corporation’s investments and ventures in India, China, Mexico, Singapore and Korea. Will brings private equity fund management expertise including capital raising, joint venture negotiation, asset management, work-outs, and debt structuring, as well as acquisition and development experience throughout Asia, Europe and North America. Prior to joining AMB, Will was Director of Acquisition Solutions at Acxiom Impact, a leading digital marketing company, and a management consultant at Cambridge Technology Partners. Will received his Bachelors of Arts in English and Spanish from Duke University.
VP Marketing Technology
Joe Ogletree is Vice President of Marketing Technology at Toll Brothers (NYSE: TOL), the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes and a FORTUNE 500 company. In this role, he leads the Marketing Operations team and is the Chair of the company’s Innovation Committee. In his 17 years at Toll Brothers, he has led transformational business initiatives to enhance customer experience, drive revenue, improve efficiency, and lower costs. Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Growth and Structure of Cities from Haverford College and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Real Estate and Finance from Villanova University.
CEO & Founder
Georgianna W. Oliver is the founder and CEO of Tour24®, the award-winning platform for self-guided tours. She is a serial entrepreneur and a corporate executive whose built several businesses in the proptech space including EverGreen Solutions, AptBudget, both sold to RealPage, Inc. (Nasdaq: RP) and Package Concierge® which sold in 2017 to Gibraltar Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROCK).
CEO & Founder
As CEO of Versatile, Meirav is a visionary leader who brings passion, collaboration, and a never-quit attitude to everything she does. Before co-founding Versatile, she spent 10 years at Intel, spearheading BizOps and financial services, leading international projects with multicultural teams. She leads the Tel Aviv chapter of the Society for Construction Solutions (SCS). Under her leadership, Versatile became the first construction technology firm named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. Meirav holds multiple degrees, including an Executive MBA, LL.M, and a BA in Economics & Management, and is a former Lieutenant of the Israeli Air Force.
CEO & Co-Founder
CEO & Co-Founder of Alo Home. Former head of Latin America for Greystar, investor, and real estate developer. Graduate of the Wharton School.
CEO & Co-Founder
Tony Pan is the co-founder and CEO of Modern Electron, an sustainable heat & power tech company backed by $70M of venture capital. Dr. Pan is a co-inventor on 250+ patents pending in deep tech. He previously served as a member of the Global Future Councils on Entrepreneurship & Energy at the World Economic Forum. He has been named to Forbes 30 under 30, MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35, and the Business Journal's 40 under 40.
Real Estate Reporter
Jordan Pandy is a reporter at Insider covering proptech, moving trends, and other areas within real estate. Prior to Insider, he covered Miami’s luxury market for The Real Deal. He earned a graduate degree from New York University, as well as a bachelor's degree from Florida State University.
Nish Patel is a Managing Partner at Inertia Ventures. His primary responsibilities include directing Inertia’s investment strategy and overseeing the firm’s relationships for Inertia’s various co-investment programs. Throughout his career, Nish has been involved in the acquisition and financing of transactions valued in excess of $2 billion across product types. Mr. Patel currently sits on the Board of Directors for Snappt, Fyxt, Beem, Tour24, and Spotter.
Prior to his focus on early-stage PropTech, Mr. Patel worked as a real estate investment banker at HFF in Los Angeles and in M&A advisory at RBC Capital Markets in New York.
Clelia Warburg Peters is the Managing Partner of Era Ventures, a venture capital firm she founded in 2022 to invest in innovative business models which reimagine the physical world. Until late 2021, Clelia was a Venture Partner at Bain Capital Ventures, supporting the firm’s Proptech practice and investments. Previously, she was a co-founding Partner at MetaProp, one of the foundational early stage Proptech venture funds. Clelia sits on the Board of Trustees for Side and Mynd Management, and is a Board Member for the real estate innovation-focused SPAC, Shelter. She co-moderates the Inman Conferences and previously served as the founding co-chair of REBNY’s RLS Board of Directors. Clelia was the President of Warburg Realty (now Coldwell Banker Warburg) from 2016 until its sale in 2021, where she worked alongside her father, CEO Frederick Warburg Peters. At Warburg, she was responsible for the firm’s business development and marketing strategies and for maintaining a focus on revenue growth. Clelia earned her undergraduate degree from Yale, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She previously worked with the Boston Consulting Group in London, and with the International Rescue Committee in Nepal and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Head Of Strategic Partnerships
Paige Pitcher is the Head of Strategic Partnerships at Moderne Ventures. Paige manages programming and relationships across the firm, focusing specifically on Moderne’s Corporate Innovation Advisory practice, Passport Program, and Portfolio Companies. Paige is a futurist, innovator, and intrapreneur with a decade's worth of experience in real estate development and corporate strategy. Previously, as Director of Hines Office of Innovation, she led and launched new strategic initiatives, including products, processes, and technologies that drive the industry forward. Prior to joining Hines, Paige co-founded a planning and development company that built half a million square feet designed to stabilize neighborhoods and transform lives.
Doris Pitilon is the Chief Technology Officer at Faropoint, a leading real estate investment firm focused on last-mile industrial properties in high population growth markets. She spearheads the company's technology and data science division to optimize the transaction and management of the company's industrial and last-mile assets. Prior to Faropoint, Pitilon served as Head of the Innovation Department for the Israeli Defensive Forces, and earned a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Biomedical Engineering from the Israeli Institute of Technology. She’s been invaluable to the firm’s continued growth and welcomes opportunities to shed insight on the role and impact technology plays in the real estate industry and Faropoint’s success.
Travis Putnam is a Founder and Managing Partner at Navitas Capital. Current and previous investments include Matterport, HqO, Orchard, Bowery, PlanGrid, Oda Studio, Gridium, OpenSpace, Sundae, & Honest Buildings (Procore). Travis is also a co-founder of Frontline Holdings, a real estate owner and operator of over $1B of multi-sector real estate. Travis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
CEO & Founder
Atif Z. Qadir, AIA is the CEO of REDIST, a venture-backed technology company working to transform public financing for commercial real estate. He also produces & hosts “American Building”, the podcast REDIST sponsors with the renowned Michael Graves Architecture & Design and invests in real estate in New Jersey through his company Amanat Properties. He has deep financial, operational and regulatory experience from founding these 3 companies and from his previous work at Extell Development, where he was an Associate on the acquisitions and development teams, and at Turner Construction and at Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman & Associates Architects. Atif is a licensed architect and a LEED accredited professional. His work has been covered by Commercial Observer and The Real Deal. He is a frequent speaker on the future of real estate and technology on industry podcasts and has appeared at Harvard, Michigan, New School, ULI and Yale. Atif is on the Advisory Board of Provident Bank and on the Boards of nonprofits The Hudson School and the Haven Adolescent Community Respite Center. He also serves as a City Planning Commissioner in the City of Hoboken. He attended MIT, where he received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Architecture and in Urban Planning, and Columbia, where he received his MBA focusing in Finance.
Momei Qu is Managing Director at PSP Growth, the growth equity arm of PSP Partners, and leads the organization’s proptech and construction tech investments. Prior to PSP, Momei spent over a decade in venture capital, most recently at Baird Capital where she focused on healthcare and technology investments. Momei began her career as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch. She has a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She serves on the Board of The Goldie Initiative and on the Leadership Board of CRETech.
Chair & Co-Founder
Spencer Rascoff is an entrepreneur and company leader who co-founded Zillow, Hotwire, dot.LA, Pacaso, Recon Food, Queue and Supernova, and who served as Zillow's CEO for a decade. Spencer is an active angel investor and is starting new companies through his Los Angeles startup studio “75 & Sunny.” Spencer is co-chair of Supernova, a family of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) which have raised over $1 billion in capital. He is also on the Board of Directors of Palantir. Spencer teaches a Harvard University course, “Startups from Ideation to Exit,” and co-created and co-taught the “Managing Tech Ventures'' course at Harvard Business School. Spencer is the host of "Office Hours,” a podcast featuring candid conversations between prominent executives on leadership, diversity and inclusion, and startups.
CEO & Co-Founder
Matias is the founder and CEO of Keyway, a technology platform that radically simplifies sub $20M commercial real estate deals. The company is currently focused on NNN and multifamily transactions. Before Keyway, Matias was the founder and CEO of IguanaFix, a leading platform for on-demand services and property management in Latin America. Matias holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
CEO & Founder
Maria is the Founder and CEO of Kojo, an industry-leading construction procurement platform that's raised $45m to date. She was previously Joe Lonsdale’s Chief of Staff and helped him build 8VC, a venture fund they grew to over $2.7bn in AUM. Maria also co-founded RCI, a fintech company, which was acquired by Addepar in 2020.
Andrea Rodriguez Valdez
Andrea Rodriguez Valdez is an Argentinean businesswoman with more than 25 years of professional experience focused on the Real Estate market in Latin America. Her specialty is connect the players in the region through the different products and services that she has created. She founded PropTech Latam platform in 2017, with the goal of promoting the PropTech ecosystem for innovation and technology applied to Real Estate prosper in Latin America. She has a degree in MKT&Communications and a specialization in Digital Strategies for Next Generation Businesses from Columbia Business School.
Nick Romito is the CEO of VTS, the CRE industry’s leading tech platform that transforms how strategic decisions are made and executed across the lifecycle. Under his leadership, VTS is the global leader with +60% of Class A US office space and 12B square feet of office, retail & industrial managed on VTS globally. Its users include +45K professionals and top players Hines, Blackstone, Brookfield, JLL, CBRE, Oxford, LaSalle, CBRE & Boston Properties. Consisting of VTS Data, VTS Market, VTS Rise, and VTS Lease, stakeholders in CRE are given real-time market intel // executional capabilities to do their jobs with unparalleled speed and intelligence.
President & Co-Founder
Carlos is Founding Partner and President of Orange Investments, a real estate Latam developer with a proven track record of more than 300 projects with AUM over $1B USD. As an entrepreneur in the real estate industry, he has founded several startups, such as Zoe Real Estate, Hello Management, Buildpeer and others. He is president of the Mexico Proptech Association and author of 3 books on real estate, the last one recently published "Proptech and ReaaS the new real estate". He has also published multiple articles and papers throughout his career in different areas of real estate and investing. He teaches real estate to MBA students at EGADE and Monterrey Tech and is a mentor at Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Co-CEO & Founder
Alex Samoylovich is the Founder & Co-CEO of Livly, a software platform for multi-family buildings. Through intuitive and modern software, Livly enables next-level convenience for residents and staff, streamlines property and community management, and creates tremendous value for property owners. Alex is also the co-founding partner and managing partner of CEDARst Companies. Over the past eighteen years, Alex has sourced, invested in and managed in excess of hundreds of transactions and has been instrumental in the acquisition and disposition of real estate with a value in over $2 billion and he has developed 8,000 apartment units. Under Alex’s leadership, the company has carved out a niche strategy for the adaptive reuse of underperforming assets; covering a span of product types from multifamily, office, mixed-use, and hospitality. Today, Alex is focused on driving innovative concepts in both the physical and digital real estate spaces.
CEO & Co-Founder
Marcela Sapone is the co-founder and CEO of Alfred. As CEO, Marcela leads the company in its mission to make help a universal utility in every home and redefine city living. Alongside her co-founder, Jessica Beck, she holds the distinction of presenting the first women-led company to win first prize at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Startup Battlefield competition. She writes and speaks frequently on principled leadership, human-centered technology, and her commitment to being a steward of good jobs and meaningful work. One of the first founders in the sharing economy to advocate for fairly compensating service workers by hiring them as W-2 employees instead of freelance contractors, she has worked with the U.S. Department of Labor and the White House under the administration of President Barack Obama, as well as The Brookings Institute and The Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunities and Financial Security program. Her writing has appeared in Forbes, Quartz, and Recode, among other publications.
Named one of Goldman Sachs’s “most intriguing entrepreneurs,” Marcela has been nominated for the Financial Times’ ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Award, included in Fast Company’s Most Creative People list, and featured as the face of Consumer Tech in Forbes 30 Under 30.
CEO & Founder
Jonathan Scherr is the co-Founder and CEO of Juno, a vertically integrated real estate platform focused on bringing precision, sustainability, and quality design apartment development to cities around the world. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth, his MBA from Harvard Business School and his MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He sits on Dartmouth’s Alumni council and loves skiing, backpacking, and watching The Great British Baking Show with his wife Kat at their home in San Francisco.
CEO & Co-Founder
Martin Schrimpff is currently the founder and CEO of Kocomo, a Proptech that is enabling co-ownership of vacation properties around the world. Kocomo was launched in June 2021 and shortly after announced a funding round of 56 mm USD.
Martin is a successful serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience founding, scaling, and advising startups.
His first startup was PayU, a payment service provider focused on growth markets that scaled across 16 countries with revenues over $300 million USD. It was eventually sold to Naspers (Prosus) for over 1 Billion USD. He had the honor of being selected Endeavor Entrepreneur in 2010 and is an active Angel investor with over 25 tech investments in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia.
CEO & Co-Founder
A thoughtful, dynamic, and innovative entrepreneur, Tyler is currently the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Saltbox, a venture-backed startup on a mission to make logistics approachable, accessible, and efficient for all. Prior to Saltbox Tyler served as Head of Operations and Chief of Staff at Palantir Technologies, the world’s leading big data analytics software provider. As a key member of the company’s executive team, Tyler reported to the company’s President and was broadly engaged in scaling the operations of the business from 100 to nearly 2,000 employees. He currently sits on the board of directors of the Serenbe Land Corporation, a pioneering and nationally renowned wellness community connected to nature on the edge of Atlanta.
Head Of Proptech
Allison Sedrish is a Managing Director within the Real Estate Investment Banking Group and Head of PropTech Coverage at Barclays. Based in New York, Allison has spent over 12 years at Barclays providing M&A advisory services and raising debt and equity capital for public and private real estate companies across various real estate sectors. In 2018, Allison launched a PropTech coverage effort at Barclays, where she is responsible for advising and raising capital for companies at the intersection of real estate and technology, including flexible office operators, i-buyers, real estate marketplaces, construction management software, etc. Allison joined Barclays in 2009 as an Analyst in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group and has been at the firm since that time. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from the Honors College at the University of Maryland – College Park. Allison is a member of ULI and is Vice Chair of Programming for the Technology and Real Estate Blue Council.
CEO & Co-Founder
Shaival Shah is the CEO and co-founder of Ribbon, a tech-enabled homeownership company. Alongside CTO and co-founder Wei Gan, Shaival founded Ribbon in 2017 to make homeownership achievable. Ribbon allows everyday families to compete on a level playing field with high-net-worth individuals and institutional buyers -- by upgrading their offers to winning RibbonCash Offers. As the leading real estate technology platform, Ribbon empowers agents, brokerages, and lenders to create a world-class experience for home buyers and sellers through powerful financial products and digital workflow software. Shah has 20 years of experience in technology, finance and real estate, with a focus on building platforms that connect ecosystem members. Previously, Shaival was at LendingClub, eBay, Hunch and Salomon Brothers. Shaival grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, graduated from UC Berkeley, and lives in New York with his wife and two daughters.
Shahriar Shams-Ansari is an investor on Brookfield’s Growth team, where he focuses on venture capital and growth equity investments across areas including proptech, insurtech, fintech, and enterprise software. Representative investments include Hopper, Material Bank, PassiveLogic, FLASH Parking, and Plentific. Shahriar joined Brookfield from H.I.G. Growth Partners, where he focused on high-growth investments in the technology, consumer, and healthcare sectors. He previously also worked in venture capital at ILONA Capital (a $75M venture fund backed by the Lowy family of Westfield) after starting his career in investment banking at Millstein & Company. Mr. Shams-Ansari holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, is a proud Canadian and C100 member, and serves as the Co-Lead of the Proptech Vertical for the Emerging Venture Capitalist Association (“EVCA”).
Global Head Of Innovation
Sara Shank is a managing director at PGIM Real Estate and global head of Innovation. Based in New York, Sara is responsible for developing and implementing technology solutions and data strategies across investment, asset management, operations and client servicing. This includes leading the change management of process, systems, and culture. Sara oversees the Systems organization working in close coordination with all investment and function areas. She is a member of the Global Investment Committee. Prior to joining PGIM Real Estate, Sara served as a managing director, head of Portfolio Management at Beacon Capital Partners. In this role, she was chair of the Portfolio Committee and a member of the Investment, Management, Internal Credit, Due Diligence and Debt Committees in addition to being responsible for driving innovation in the firm. During her tenure, Sara oversaw the review, screening and implementation of multiple new technologies and platforms across the company.
Kevin is the Chief Operating Officer of NavigatorCRE and oversees global enterprise engagement. Prior to joining Navigator, Kevin’s 18-year career includes positions at Deloitte, EY, and Morgan Stanley. Kevin is recognized as one of the leading commercial real estate tech executives in the industry and a noted Proptech speaker, author, and blogger. He has spoken at conferences around the world on next generation real estate technologies like Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Cognitive Automation, and Blockchain.
Travis is a Partner at PruVen Capital. He specializes in Proptech, FinTech, InsureTech, and Enterprise SaaS investments. Prior to joining PruVen Capital, Travis served as Director of Venture Investing at Citi Ventures. Previously, Travis was a founding member at FinTech Collective, a venture capital fund focused on emerging technologies in financial services. Before his career in venture, Travis was a banker at Nomura and HSBC, and a strategy consultant at Accenture. Travis received his MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas and his BS in Finance and International Business from Georgetown University.
VP, Strategic Partnerships
Alex Sklar is Vice President, Strategic Partnerships - Fintech at Cover Genius, the insurtech for embedded insurance that protects the global customers of the world’s largest digital companies including Booking Holdings and Intuit. XCover is also available at Amazon, eBay, and Shopee. In his role, Alex is responsible for leading and executing the company’s fintech, FI, and baking strategy. Prior to Cover Genius, Alex worked for 10+ years in a variety of leadership roles overseeing efforts of partnerships and business development, primarily in B2B2x embedded distribution models. Alex has an M.B.A. from Baruch college with a dual focus on Accounting & Finance and dedicates time to advising fintech startups and raising money for the ACDA.
Principal Product Manager
Brian Smith began his career in the AEC Industry in the late 90s as a designer in the Heavy Civil space leveraging 3D and 4D models for the construction and coordination of bridges and hydroelectric projects. Brian's passion and expertise for construction technology continued growing when he joined Leica Geosystems and later became a Product Manager for Multivista. Today, Brian is the Principal Product Manager for General Contractors at Procore, where he focuses on strategy for product integrations and workflows to increase productivity, quality, and accountability throughout the project lifecycle. Brian is based in Washington State and enjoys the outdoors.
Co-President, Romulus Portfolio
Scott Smith is Co-President of the Romulus Portfolio (https://csiromulus.com) of Constellation Software, Inc. He is responsible for growing the portfolio through acquisition
of vertical market software companies and organic growth in the existing portfolio of 22 companies in Real Estate, Financing, Asset Mgmt, and Franchise Solutions. He joined Constellation in 2015 when Market Leader was acquired from Zillow. Scott was an Executive
in Market Leader since 2002 and part of going public (2004), selling to Trulia for $355M (2013), and selling to Zillow (2015). Prior, he spent 14 years at Microsoft (Seattle and Paris) in the Windows and Internet business units.
CEO & Co-Founder
Chapman Snowden is the CEO and co-founder of GoBuild, a financial management platform for small scale construction. With CFO and co-founder Drew Barrett, Chap founded Brick in 2020 to increase the trust, reliability, and speed of transactions in small scale construction, starting with remodels and renovations. Brick enables general and subcontractors to easily grow their business with simple working capital access, easy client payments, and faster back office management, all on a per project basis. Over the past 15 years Chap has built his career at JP Morgan, Dev Bootcamp, Google, and Precursor Ventures. He lives in Oakland, CA with his wife, two dogs, and N+1 bikes.
Tech Office Director
Antonia Soler grew up in Barcelona where she earned bachelor’s degrees in chemical and mining engineering and a master’s in industrial engineering. She has worked at Hilti for the past 8 years in various roles in Europe and the U.S., including supply management, product management, and sales management. Currently, Antonia works with Hilti’s Corporate Venture team to identify the technologies that will shape construction in the years to come. Antonia is a strong advocate of diversity, equity, and inclusion, serving as a committee member for SMACNA’s Women In Construction Group and as a cofounder of Women in ConTech VC.
CEO & Founder
Kevin is withco's Founder and CEO. Driven by the experience of his family's Brooklyn grocery store being displaced, Kevin started withco to make it exciting to be a small business owner in America again. He's spent his career investing in, managing, and advising over 50 companies and has deployed over $1B of equity capital. Kevin graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Economics and was a Forbes 30 under 30 recipient for Social Entrepreneurship.
Andrew’s work at Assembly OSM combines his prior work in technology and real estate development. Previously, he led the redevelopment of the $2B Terminal Warehouse for L&L Holding Company, and worked at Sidewalk Labs on the first “city from the internet up” (Sidewalk Toronto). Prior to Sidewalk, Andrew was at Forest City, working on projects such as Barclays Center, Nassau Coliseum, and the tallest modular tower in North America. Andrew studied real estate, finance, and computer science at the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated with dual degrees from The Wharton School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
CEO & Co-Founder
Ryan spent the majority of his career in investment banking, finishing at Deutsche Bank in NYC where he re-established the bank's renewable energy M&A practice. He left Wall Street for FinTech, working in Santander’s developer marketplace and later becoming the first Product Manager for a Colombian startup focused on financial inclusion. As Lumi's CEO, he is responsible for taking a very successful Proof-of-Concept built around the University of Miami and turning it into a national student co-living business. He understands the value proposition of Lumi, having twice suffered as a student trying to find off campus housing.
PGIM Real Estate
Naqash Tahir is an executive director at PGIM Real Estate, on the global CIO team. Based in London he supports efforts to continually evolve investment practices by exploring new technologies that are intended to leverage proprietary data and artificial intelligence to better inform investment decisions and improve processes. He also seeks to establish partnerships with third-party technology platforms and universities to develop solutions that can be leveraged across PGIM Real Estate. Previously, Naqash served as Head of Systems for the Europe and led various technology initiatives in Asia Pacific. Naqash has been a significant contributor to the PropTech program in Europe and is a member of AREF's Technology working group and serves on INREV’s Technology committee. He is also a PropTech advisor and mentor, representing and speaking at technology events around Europe.
CEO & Co-Founder
Yael Tamar, CEO & Co-Founder, SolidBlock, a real estate tokenization company. Yael is a recognized leader in property tokenization and has a background that includes marketing, finance, trading, compliance and entrepreneurship in public and private companies. As an early mover in the blockchain space, Yael serves at the helm of FIBREE, Foundation for International Blockchain and Real Estate Expertise (the leading international network for exchanging knowledge in the real estate industry), and as a Founder of Women in Block. With over 100 blockchain speaking engagements and an educational podcast program, Yael is recognized as a top 20 Proptech Influencer, Top 25 Blockchain, and Crypto Speakers, and Top 100 Women in Blockchain. As a global executive based in Tel Aviv and NYC, Yael leads the SolidBlock team on the mission to lead real estate tokenization.
Sr. Manager Workplace Technologies
Carly Tortorelli recently joined the Intuitive Surgical IT team as Sr. Manager, Workplace Technologies supporting the Facilities & Real Estate organization. In her new role she will be leading the technology transformation and harmonization efforts across the facilities and real estate business, supporting capabilities including space strategy planning, construction management, facilities management, real estate portfolio management, workplace employee engagement, and environmental health and safety. Her initial focus will be evaluating technology transformation opportunities to support Intuitive’s growing business needs, laying the foundation to help Intuitive make long term, informed business decisions. She is an active participant in the IT long-range planning process to shape the organization’s technology roadmap for the future.
Brian Turner, LEED-AP BD&C, CEO, Buildings IOT leads all strategic planning for product development and project work at Buildings IOT. Mr. Turner has provided hands-on expertise to architects, engineers, and building owners to design and implement integrated building systems throughout his career. He leads an experienced team of system integrators, engineers, building scientists, and all-around big thinkers who are dedicated to making the promises of smart buildings a reality.
Ivo van Breukelen
Partner & Co-Founder
Ivo is a global leader in sourcing some of the best technologies in Proptech. Having helped source tech solutions or investments for some of the largest REITs, developers, general contractors, VC funds and investment banks, globally, his experience in finding deals, allied with his extensive international network and experience, gives him an unrivaled vantage point to what is going on in market. He worked with 50+ founders in helping source capital or shaping strategy execution. He hosted lectures on Proptech at some of the world’s leading institutions–Harvard (2018), MIT (2022) and Illinois Tech (2019). He Co-founded the Proptech Connection in February 2020.
Sr. Dir. Operational Tech
Cushman & Wakefield
Leveraging 15 years in the industry, Brian creates awareness and understanding of the vendor and technology landscape to help educate C&W’s clients and provide guidance on technology selection and deployment. C&W’s partner first approach enables Advisory to create an Eco System of best in class technology to solution for our clients. Brian has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Engineering along with experience in a variety of roles like design, program management, consulting, and sales. Brian fills free time with DIY projects and time with his wife and four boys in Rhode Island.
Co-CEO & Co-Founder
Robina Verbeek is the co-founder and co-CEO of SOS, a company redefining wellness on-the-go through a network of state-of-the-art smart vending machines. The company has secured partnerships with teams across the MLB, NFL, and NHL as well as commercial real estate and retail sectors. The company holds 7 global patents and has been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, and TechCrunch. SOS was named one of the Top 20 Emerging Brands in Retail by ICSC and is a Techstars portfolio company.
Jordan Viniar is a Partner on the investment team at Prudence, a global, early-stage Proptech venture capital firm. Mr. Viniar joined the firm in 2020 from Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, where he served as a venture capital and growth equity investor. Prior to that, Mr. Viniar worked at Shift Technologies and Partner Fund Management. Mr. Viniar started his career at Goldman Sachs in the investment banking division. He received an AB in Economics from Brown University.
Head Of Business Technology
LaSalle Investment Management
Sofia Vujatov is Head of Business Technology for LaSalle Americas and Securities. LaSalle is one of the largest real estate investment management firms globally, and a wholly owned subsidiary of JLL. Sofia is leading a team of professionals, responsible for firmwide applications support and implementations. She is responsible for providing strategic alignment between business needs and technical solutions. Construct an execution roadmap and collaborate with JLL Technology to integrate it with company’s global vision and drive. Prior to LaSalle, Sofia spent 13 years managing technology and data as a Vice President/Director Global Business Systems at Heitman LLC, a private equity firm with 50 years experience in financial investments.
CEO & Co-Founder
Stuart is the CEO and cofounder of Setpoint.io, a unified funding platform for modern real-estate transactions. Setpoint is also a capital provider with over $650M allocated to bridge financing. Previously, Stuart was the CEO and founder of Signpost.com, a purpose-built CRM platform for service firms. Stuart scaled Signpost from inception to 300 employees and a private-equity sale in 2019. He began his career at Bain & Company. Stuart earned his MBA with Distinction from the Harvard Business School and his BS in Finance from Miami University. Stuart was awarded top 25 North American CEO by Glassdoor in 2016 and is a guest contributor on TechCrunch.
CEO & Founder
Corey Ashton Walters is the Founder & CEO of Here, a revolutionHereary online marketplace that enables anyone anywhere to invest in vacation rentals online and earn passive income—without ever lifting a finger. Prior to founding Here, Corey, a seasoned entrepreneur, brand builder, and college dropout, has founded multiple successful companies over the last 15 years. Most recently, Corey co-founded Homeworthy, a venture-backed first-of-its-kind fully remote cloud real estate brokerage that served homeowners located in over 900 cities across the Pacific Northwest.
As a partner at MetaProp—the world’s leading VC firm focused on the PropTech industry—Maureen Waters is a widely recognized speaker, advisor and strategic leader with extensive experience transforming and preparing businesses for sale in the commercial real estate and technology sectors. As a key Partner at MetaProp, Maureen spearheads the Innovation Practice utilizing her deep business transformation expertise building and scaling businesses from inception to unicorn to extend MetaProp’s global reach and in-house capabilities with both strategic limited partners as well as portfolio companies. Prior to joining MetaProp, Maureen was President of Ten-X and head of real estate & asset management at Bill Gates Investments. Maureen spent 15 years at Cushman & Wakefield and six years at CBRE. She is a Board Member of the Institute for Market Transformation, an Occupier Board Advisor as well as a notable Building Cyber Security Advisory Board Member.
Nima is a Principal at Thomvest, focusing on investment opportunities across the real estate & financial technology verticals. He currently serves as a Board Observer at LoanSnap, Singular and Wholesail, and was previously a Board Observer at Vungle (acquired by Blackstone) and DataXu (acquired by Roku). Prior to joining Thomvest, Nima worked as a management consultant advising clients on issues related to go-to-market strategy with the firm ZS Associates.
David Weiden is a co-founder and Managing Director at Khosla Ventures, a $15b venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley. David focuses on Internet, enterprise and financial services. Within real estate, David has served on the board of directors of companies including Opendoor, Roofstock, and Lessen and co-manages a residential real estate portfolio. David has been recognized by Fortune and Forbes as one of the top technology investors.
CEO & Co-Founder
Christine Wendell is the co-founder and CEO of Pronto Housing, the first and only off-the-shelf affordable housing compliance Software-as-a-Solution (SaaS) platform. Wendell began her career in real estate just under a decade ago, as a financial analyst at Wells Fargo Bank. Wendell then went on to hold notable positions at RXR Realty and Megalith Capital Management. Throughout her time in multi-family development and asset management, Wendell experienced first-hand the severely cumbersome and opaque affordable housing processes. Wendell set out to create Pronto Housing, innovating the historically manual process to enable tech-driven leasing and compliance that is efficient, inclusive, and intuitive. Wendell holds a BA in Economics and English from Kenyon College, and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She was named one of Business Insider’s 2021 Rising Stars of Real Estate.
Dan Wenhold is a Partner at Fifth Wall, where he co-leads the Real Estate Technology Investment team. Prior to joining Fifth Wall, Dan was the first employee and Director of Retail at The Black Tux and a growth equity investor at Battery Ventures. Dan started his career as a financial analyst at Robert W. Baird. Dan was born in Philadelphia, grew up in Chicago, and currently lives in Los Angeles. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in finance.
Based at The LAB Miami in Wynwood, South Florida’s original co-working space, Tigre runs LAB Ventures, an early-stage investor in PropTech startups. Their startup studio has created and scaled businesses such as Expetitle, Beycome, and Lumi Living. Tigre and his partners also recently launched the LAB PropTech Fund, a venture capital fund targeting technology companies that serve the Real Estate and Construction industries.
Having invested in more than three dozen startups, Tigre is an active angel investor and a mentor to local emerging technology companies. He serves on the board of Miami Angels, the leading angel investor network in Florida, and the advisory board for the University of Miami’s Master of Real Estate Development + Urbanism (MRED+U) program.
Prior to his position at LAB Miami Ventures, Tigre joined Open English as its Founding CFO in 2009, helping to grow the company from commercial launch to over $50M in annual revenues while creating a massive consumer brand in Latin America. Under Tigre’s leadership, Open English raised more than $120M of Venture Capital in four rounds of investment from firms including Redpoint, Insight, and Technology Crossover Ventures.
Tigre began his career as a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, where he spent 16 years working across multiple industries in the US, Spain and Latin America. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and is fluent in Spanish and English.
As a partner at Building Ventures, Heather spearheads the firm’s investment activities within the real estate and real estate tech community. She utilizes 15+ years of operating experience to advise portfolio companies in go-to-market and product strategy. She is active throughout the ecosystem at organizations, including CREtech, MITdesignX, and AllRaise, and she serves on the advisory committee of Women In PropTech
COO & Co-Founder
Lydia Winkler is the co-founder of RentCheck, a property inspection platform that helps property managers save time and money with easy self-guided inspections that residents can do from their smartphone.
Managing Director, North America
Xan Winterton is the Managing Director of North America at LMRE. LMRE is a global real estate technology recruitment firm. Within his position Xan partners with startup founders, VC’s and real estate investment firms across the built environment to find the best talent in the market.
CEO & Co-Founder
Johnny Wolff is the CEO and Founder of HomeRoom, one of the fastest-growing coliving companies in the United States. After starting his career as a financial analyst in Silicon Valley (EA, SanDisk, Guidespark), he relocated to Austin, Texas, to pursue full-time real estate investing. His love for real estate investing and living with roommates motivated him to start HomeRoom in 2017 after an unusually terrible Craigslist roommate experience.
Senior Managing Director, Proptech
Ms. Wong joined Tishman Speyer in 2015. Jenny Wong has extensive industry experience with a strong focus on Proptech opportunities. Since 2015, Ms. Wong has served as Managing Director, Innovation, at Tishman Speyer. She leads Tishman Speyer’s innovation platform and the firm’s Proptech Venture investment activities. In her role at Tishman Speyer, Ms. Wong has acted as the development lead on MIRA, a condominium development in San Francisco, and led Northern California asset management. Ms. Wong also serves as Chief Investment Officer and Director of Tishman Speyer Innovation II, a position she has held since November 2020. She previously served as Chief Investment Officer and Director of TS Innovation Acquisitions. In addition to her work with Tishman Speyer, Ms. Wong is a frequent speaker at numerous conferences on the impact of Proptech in real estate. Prior to joining Tishman Speyer, Ms. Wong was a consultant for McKinsey & Company in New York. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Innovation Council. Ms. Wong received an A.B. magna cum laude, and graduated with an MBA from Harvard University, where she was a Baker Scholar.
Based in Palo Alto, Michael Yang is a Managing Partner with OMERS Ventures, a multi-stage trans-Atlantic venture firm that invests in proptech, insuretech, healthtech and B2B SaaS. Prior to joining OMERS Ventures, Michael was a Managing Director with Comcast Ventures and previously a VP/GM at Yahoo! for the Autos, Real Estate and Health units. Michael sits on the boards of Landed, Clearcover, Crunchbase, PeerWell and WithMe Health.
Lendlease Product Lab
Michael’s career spans 25 years in construction technology, multifamily development, public policy, and law. He currently leads Lendlease Product Lab (PL), a construction innovation consulting platform. PL helps its developer-customers identify, vet, and deploy labor- and schedule-saving 3 rd party hardware and kit-of-parts (KoP) systems. At the same time, PL helps its network of independent supplier- manufacturers improve their products through a continuous learning process called Design for Site Assembly (DfSA). Prior to PL, Michael was cofounder of Social Construct, a venture-backed construction start-up. In just three years, his team designed its own KoP system, established an independent supply chain and logistics network, and delivered a proof-of-concept apartment building in Oakland.
Since joining RET Ventures as Partner in 2019, Chris has overseen much of the firm’s activity, including leading new investments, fundraising and providing guidance to RET’s growing portfolio of real estate technology companies. Prior to RET, Chris spent twelve years at global private equity firm TPG, where he led growth investments in tech-enabled companies and partnered closely with CEOs and entrepreneurs. He began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Chris has an MBA from the Stanford GSB as well as an AB in Economics and an SM in Computer Science from Harvard University.
CEO & Co-Founder
Mike graduated from Stanford with a focus in economics and computer science. He was an early product manager at Blend, and was instrumental in many product launches and in taking several key customers live. Over the course of 4 years, Mike and his cofounder Devon Yang, felt firsthand the pain of antiquated systems in the industry, and by 2020 decided to try and transform these systems with the Vesta LOS.
CEO & Co-Chair
Ashkán Zandieh is the CEO and Co-Chair at the Center for Real Estate Technology & Innovation, the real estate technology industry's intelligence platform and proptech index provider. Throughout his illustrious career as a founder, investor, and advisor, Ash has served on the board at NAIOP NYC and CREtech, founder of RE:Tech (acquired by CREtech), and founder at Sonoture. In 2012, Mr. Zandieh hosted the world's first real estate tech hackathon and real estate tech demo day in partnership with ULI. A leading real estate tech and venture capital expert, Ashkán's research and insights have been featured in the WSJ, NY Times, Bisnow, Commercial Observer, The Real Deal, and applied by institutional real estate organizations, investors, and brokerages, globally.
CEO & Co-Founder
Hans-Christian is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of IMMO Investment Technologies. He is an entrepreneur, investment professional, venture and distress specialist and award-winning innovator. Prior to starting IMMO, Hans-Christian co-founded Knomi, a London-based retail technology start-up that revolutionised the in-store shopping experience for customers of brick-and-mortar retailers. In 2016, Hans-Christian was recognised by Forbes as ’30 under 30’ for his role as a leading entrepreneur and commerce innovator. Before Knomi, Hans-Christian worked as an investment professional covering distressed investing, restructuring and M&A.
CEO & Founder
Yaakov Zar is the founder and CEO of Lev, one of the nation’s fastest growing commercial mortgage brokerages. Lev helps commercial real estate owners and investors get the best financing for their properties by supercharging the industry’s leading capital markets advisors with machine learning and artificial intelligence tools.
Prior to starting Lev, Yaakov was a co-founder and Chief of Strategy at Dispatch, a workforce management platform for enterprise home service businesses, where he led product and sales to large accounts nationwide. In 2018, Vista Equity Partners acquired Dispatch.
Yaakov graduated from Boston University in 2012, with a focus in Entrepreneurship and lives with his wife and daughter in New York’s Lower East Side. Yaakov & Dassi Zar serve as Shluchim at Chabad House Bowery.
Associate Director Of Business Development & Capital Markets
Ryan Zega is an Associate Director of Business Development & Capital Markets at tZERO. He spearheads the firm's real estate and fund efforts. Ryan has an extensive institutional real estate background. Prior to joining tZERO, Ryan was Director of Acquisitions & Business Development at Paramount Group, Inc. (NYSE: PGRE), where he was tasked with acquisition, disposition, and debt origination across Paramount's Trophy and Class A office portfolio in New York, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. Ryan also worked at Normandy Real Estate Partners, a vertically integrated real estate fund operator focused on office product in the Northeast and Mid Atlantic regions. Ryan began his real estate career as an investment analyst at PGIM Real Estate.
CEO & Co-Founder
Yifan Zhang is the CEO & Cofounder of Loftium, a Norwest and Threshold-backed startup that creates affordable housing in expensive cities through management of an onsite Airbnb. Loftium and Yifan’s own experience hosting has been featured in The New York Times, and Yifan was named in Entrepreneur’s “50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs”. Yifan served on Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s Innovation Advisory Council on affordable housing. She was previously named Forbes “30 under 30” as the founding CEO of mobile fitness startup GymPact. She is a Techstars alum and current mentor. Yifan graduated magna cum laude in Economics from Harvard University.
Wan Li Zhu
Managing Director & Co-Founder
Wan Li Zhu is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Suffolk Technologies, a venture capital and innovation company investing in and partnering with startups transforming the built environment. Wan Li is an experienced technology investor and was previously a Partner at Fairhaven Capital, a Boston-based VC firm that has invested over $430M in enterprise software and deep tech companies. Wan Li also founded and runs MIT Alumni Angels, which has backed over 100 MIT-affiliated startups in technology and life sciences. Prior to venture capital, Wan Li held product and marketing leadership roles at Microsoft in Dynamics CRM. Wan Li holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from MIT in computer science, where he completed research in artificial intelligence and quantitative finance.